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Posted by: Lettie | 2009/10/20

Blood thickness

My husband was informed that his blood is thick and should donate blood regularly. What is the reason for this, can we do something about it and is it dangerous?

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Hallo Lettie
He may have polycythemia, a rare disease where the bone marrow makes too many red blood cells. Usually it is well controlled by going for regular blood donations ( in the beginning once a week until his hematocrit reading is less than 45) but he needs to go for regular check ups at your doctor too as in a very small % of patients they may develop a kind of blood cancer with time (every 3-6 months). Some patients may also need to take 1/2 Disprin per day to prevent blood clots that can cause stroke or heart attacks. It will be good if he can see a hematologist long term.
Dr Bets

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Posted by: Lettie | 2009/11/03

Is polycythemia genetic? We have gorgeous kids and grandchildren

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Posted by: cyberdoc | 2009/10/20

Hallo Lettie
He may have polycythemia, a rare disease where the bone marrow makes too many red blood cells. Usually it is well controlled by going for regular blood donations ( in the beginning once a week until his hematocrit reading is less than 45) but he needs to go for regular check ups at your doctor too as in a very small % of patients they may develop a kind of blood cancer with time (every 3-6 months). Some patients may also need to take 1/2 Disprin per day to prevent blood clots that can cause stroke or heart attacks. It will be good if he can see a hematologist long term.
Dr Bets

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