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Polycythemia Vera

Polycythemia Vera is considered a blood disorder in which there is a thicker than normal viscosity of the blood.  When a patient has the polycythemia vera disorder, there is usually an increase in the client’s hemoglobin of 18g/dl, RBC of 16 million/mm and a hematocrit of 55% or better.

Symptoms that is usually associated with polycythemia vera includes an enlarged spleen, dizziness, tinnitus, fatigue, paresthesia, dyspnea, and pruritis.

Treatments of polycythemia vera includes:

  • Phlebotomy
  • hydration
  • anticoagulant therapy.



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