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.
Symptoms can occur a bit differently in each child. They can include:
The symptoms of polycthemia can be like other health conditions. Make sure your child sees his or her healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
The healthcare provider will ask about your child’s symptoms and health history. He or she will give your child a physical exam. Your child may also have tests, such as:
Treatment will depend on your child’s symptoms, age, and general health. It will also depend on how severe the condition is.
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:
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your child’s healthcare provider:
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