POLYCYTHEMIA VERA

 

Description

Polycythemia  vera  is a slow-growing type of blood cancer in which your bone marrow makes too many red blood cells

Symptoms

  • Headaches
  • Double vision
  • Itching all over your body
  • Sweating
  • Reddened face
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Weight loss
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tingling or burning in your hands or feet
  • Painful swelling of a joint
  • A feeling of fullness or bloating

Cause

  • genetic

Risk factors

  • age

Diagnostic Tests

  • Blood tests
  • Bone marrow aspiration or biopsy
  • Tests for the gene mutation

Treatment

  • Phlebotomy
  • Low-dose aspirin
  • Medicine to lower blood cells
  • Therapy to reduce itching

Lifestyle management

  • Exercise
  • Avoid tobacco
  • Be good to your skin
  • Avoid extreme temperatures
  • Watch for sores