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Treatment of polycythaemia

Treatment of polycythaemia

Treatment of polycythaemia

Treatment of polycythaemia

Tests and investigations

Primary polycythaemia is a life-long disease and the treatment aim is to control the disease progression and minimize its complications. Regular venesection (blood letting) is usually required until the red blood cell numbers have reduced and the blood thickness is satisfactory. This procedure helps in reducing the blood concentration. Some medicines like ‘hydroxyurea’ or ‘interferon-alpha’ may also be considered, which may prevent the bone marrow from producing an excess of red blood cells.

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