Thrombocythemia is a disease in
which your bone marrow makes too many platelets. Platelets are blood cell fragments that
help with blood clotting. Having too many platelets makes it hard for your blood to clot
normally. This can cause too much clotting, or not enough clotting.
There may be no single cause for thrombocythemia. It is believed to be caused by defects in the bone marrow’s platelet-making cells.
Symptoms of thrombocythemia include:
The symptoms of thrombocythemia may look like other blood disorders or health problems. Always see your healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
Your healthcare provider will take
your health history and give you a physical exam. You may also have tests such as:
Treatment will depend on your symptoms, age, and general health. It
will also depend on how severe the condition is.
Treatment generally is done to ease
symptoms and reduce the risk of having blood clots. Treatment may include:
Work with your healthcare provider to develop a treatment plan that meets your needs.
It’s also important to:
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your healthcare provider:
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