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Polycythemia (High Red Blood Cell Count) (cont.)

Polycythemia Treatment

Treatment of secondary polycythemia depends on its cause. Supplemental oxygen can be provided for individuals with chronic hypoxia. Other therapies can be directed toward treating the cause of polycythemia (for example, appropriate treatment of heart failure or chronic lung disease).

Treatments for primary polycythemia play an important role in improving the outcome of the disease and will be discussed in the following sections.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/14/2015

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