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I am Dr. Prasad Akole (Critical Care Expert- http://bit.ly/Dr-Prasad-Akole) and am glad to address to your query here.
If you have a very high red cell count and thick blood (polycythemia
), there is a risk of excessive clotting in the vessels and complications.
Hence regular blood letting from veins is done.
If on evaluation, the doctors feel that it is resistant to phlebotomies (blood letting) and cell count is still higher, other medical therapies can be considered to decrease blood cells. Medications such as hydroxyurea
to suppress production of red blood cells may be used. Interferon-alpha may be used. Sometimes aspirin
low dose may be advised to prevent clotting.
Please discuss with your treating team if it is polycythemia and these options are possible.
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