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Some children do not have symptoms and polycythemia vera may be found when they're having blood tests for other reasons. Symptoms occur more often in adults. The following are common symptoms of polycythemia vera. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. Signs and symptoms may include:
The symptoms of polycythemia may look like other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your child’s doctor for a diagnosis.
The following blood tests are used in the diagnosis of polycythemia vera.
Your child’s healthcare provider will figure out the best treatment based on:
Your child's health care provider will likely refer you to a hematologist, a specialist in blood disorders. Treatment may include:
Complications depend on how severe the polycythemia is. They include:
Call your child's healthcare provider if you notice new or worsening symptoms. For example, call if you see that your child is more tired than usual. Call your child's healthcare provider or seek medical care if your child:
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