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How will the doctor diagnose polycythemia vera?

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If your doctor thinks you might have polycythemia vera, you’ll get a physical exam, including a check of your spleen. Your doctor will also see if your face is unusually red. Your doctor may also ask you questions like:

  • Do you get a lot of headaches?
  • Have you lost weight lately?
  • Do you sometimes feel dizzy or weak?
  • Have you had shortness of breath?
  • Do you sweat a lot at night?

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Polycythemia Vera."

National Cancer Institute: "Polycythemia Vera."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Polycythemia Vera."

MPN Research Foundation: "Polycythemia Vera."

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics: "Polycythemia Vera."

New York-Presbyterian Hospital: "Polycythemia Vera."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Polycythemia Vera."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Polycythemia Vera Diagnosed?"

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 19, 2020

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Polycythemia Vera."

National Cancer Institute: "Polycythemia Vera."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Polycythemia Vera."

MPN Research Foundation: "Polycythemia Vera."

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics: "Polycythemia Vera."

New York-Presbyterian Hospital: "Polycythemia Vera."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Polycythemia Vera."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Polycythemia Vera Diagnosed?"

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 19, 2020

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