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

Outlook

The outlook for primary polycythemia without treatment is generally poor, with a life expectancy of about 2 years. However, with phlebotomy alone, many patients lead normal lives and enjoy a normal life expectancy.

The outlook for secondary polycythemia is largely dependent on the main cause.

Medically reviewed by Jeffrey A Gordon, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialties in Oncology and Hematology

REFERENCES:

Fauci, Anthony S., et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 17th ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2008.

MedicineNet.com. "Polycythemia."


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/30/2014

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