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Polycythemia Vera - Part 1

Tom Deloughery, MD and Matthieu DeClerck, MD
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Polycythemia vera is a relatively rare myeloproliferative disorder characterized by increased RBC production. In this segment, our own Matt DeClerck interviews Hematology guru Dr. Tom Deloughery on the in’s and out’s of PV. Clinical suspicion for PV should occur in any patient with elevated RBC mass, elevated Hgb/Hct, aquagenic pruritus, erythromelalgia, and/or systemic thrombi (MI, stroke, DVT, etc). Diagnosis is confirmed by presence of the JAK2 gene mutation. Treatment is focused on decreasing RBCs with phlebotomy and/or cytoreductive therapy; symptom control; and treatment/prevention of arterial or venous thrombi.

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