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What happens if my tests show that I have polycythemia vera?

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If tests show that you have polycythemia vera, your doctor can help you choose the best treatment for you and closely follow your health in the years to come to make sure you don’t have complications.

Most people with polycythemia vera can live a normal life. With the right care, you can limit your symptoms and, in some cases, make them go away completely.

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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