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Polycythemia Vera

Polycythemia Vera - Treatments

​The treatment of polycythaemia vera is two-pronged: 

  • Decrease the risk of blood clots through the use of “blood thinners” such as antiplatelet agents like aspirin or anticoagulation therapies.
Good control of pre-existing conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes mellitus also helps to decrease the risk of blood clot.
A healthy lifestyle including regular exercise and a healthy diet is also recommended.
  • Reduction of red blood cell concentration
This can be achieved by:
    • Venesection which is the removal of a volume of blood from a vein at regular intervals to reduce the amount of red blood cells.  
    • Medication to control the level of red blood cells such as hydroxyurea, PEGylated interferon

Polycythemia Vera - Preparing for surgery

Polycythemia Vera - Post-surgery care