Polycythemia (High Red Blood Cell Count) (cont.)
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
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
Fauci, Anthony S., et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 17th ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2008.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/30/2014
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