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Diseases » Polycythemia vera » Summary

What is Polycythemia vera?

What is Polycythemia vera?

  • Polycythemia vera: A condition which is characterized by myeloproliferation of unknown etiology.

Polycythemia vera is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Polycythemia vera, or a subtype of Polycythemia vera, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Polycythemia vera as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet

Polycythemia vera: Introduction

Types of Polycythemia vera:

Broader types of Polycythemia vera:

How serious is Polycythemia vera?

Complications of Polycythemia vera: see complications of Polycythemia vera

What causes Polycythemia vera?

Causes of Polycythemia vera: see causes of Polycythemia vera

What are the symptoms of Polycythemia vera?

Symptoms of Polycythemia vera: see symptoms of Polycythemia vera

Complications of Polycythemia vera: see complications of Polycythemia vera

Polycythemia vera: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Polycythemia vera.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Polycythemia vera.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Polycythemia vera: Hematologist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Polycythemia vera.
Treatments for Polycythemia vera: see treatments for Polycythemia vera
Research for Polycythemia vera: see research for Polycythemia vera

Name and Aliases of Polycythemia vera

Main name of condition: Polycythemia vera

Other names or spellings for Polycythemia vera:

erythremia, Polycythemia rubra vera, PRV, PV

Polycythemia vera: Related Conditions

Research the causes of these diseases that are similar to, or related to, Polycythemia vera:


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