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How will my doctor diagnose polycythemia vera?

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During a physical exam your doctor may:

  • Check your gums for bleeding
  • Look at your skin for redness
  • Press on your belly to see if your spleen or liver is larger than normal
  • Take your blood pressure to see if it’s high
  • Check your pulse

They may also do blood tests like:

  • Complete blood count
  • Blood smear
  • Erythropoietin level

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Polycythemia Vera,” “Complete blood count (CBC),” “Bone marrow biopsy and aspiration.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Explore Polycythemia Vera.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine, Health Library: “Polycythemia Vera.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Polycythemia Vera.”

Walk-In Lab: “Complete Blood Test (CBC) and Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP-14) Blood Test Panel,” “Erythropoietin (EPO) Serum Test.”

Lab Tests Online: “Blood Smear,” “Erythropoietin.”

Lab technician, Valley Medical Group, Easthampton, MA.

Laboratory Corporation of America: “JAK2 Mutation Analysis in Myeloproliferative Neoplasms (MPN).”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 19, 2020

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Polycythemia Vera,” “Complete blood count (CBC),” “Bone marrow biopsy and aspiration.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Explore Polycythemia Vera.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine, Health Library: “Polycythemia Vera.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Polycythemia Vera.”

Walk-In Lab: “Complete Blood Test (CBC) and Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP-14) Blood Test Panel,” “Erythropoietin (EPO) Serum Test.”

Lab Tests Online: “Blood Smear,” “Erythropoietin.”

Lab technician, Valley Medical Group, Easthampton, MA.

Laboratory Corporation of America: “JAK2 Mutation Analysis in Myeloproliferative Neoplasms (MPN).”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 19, 2020

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