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Do i have P Vera inspite of high HCT in my blood test?

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Posted on Fri, 21 Mar 2014
Question: Went back to nurse practioner today. Blood test came back high HCT and all other counts normal to slightly low. She says possible P Vera but she's not sure. I have asthma since age three. Three years ago I had a false positive ANA upon further testing blood work came back perfect. Back up twenty five years ago I had a false positive syphliss test again further testing nothing was wrong. I had blood test in July 2013 everything was perfect and now this test is goofy
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Answered by Dr. Saumya Mittal (37 minutes later)
Brief Answer: Needs more information Detailed Answer: Hi XXXX I am Dr Saumya Mittal, MD I dont think you have P vera if your previous reports were normal. However I cannot be sure just yet and request you to upload the exact report. Then I may be able to help you better. A raised hematocrit could even be explained by asthma you have. If you feel breathless, the body increases the hemoglobin production so as to help itself get oxygen. But I need to see the full report. Kindly upload that. Any other symptom you have had recently like breathlessness, cough etc? Awaiting your response. Dr Saumya Mittal
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Do i have P Vera inspite of high HCT in my blood test?

Brief Answer: Needs more information Detailed Answer: Hi XXXX I am Dr Saumya Mittal, MD I dont think you have P vera if your previous reports were normal. However I cannot be sure just yet and request you to upload the exact report. Then I may be able to help you better. A raised hematocrit could even be explained by asthma you have. If you feel breathless, the body increases the hemoglobin production so as to help itself get oxygen. But I need to see the full report. Kindly upload that. Any other symptom you have had recently like breathlessness, cough etc? Awaiting your response. Dr Saumya Mittal