Tag Archives: polycythaemia

Case 29 – summary

Polycythaemia is a common finding amongst general medicine and general practice. The vast majority of causes are secondary or reactive to other causes or are due to reduced plasma volume making the blood more concentrate (‘pseudo’  or relative/apparent polycythaemia). As with … Continue reading

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Case 29 – update 3

We are discussing a chap in his 40s with angina, previous transient ischaemic attack and polycythaemia. Because of his smoking history and relative alcohol excess we were wondering about secondary polycythaemia. He has had some fluids and his indices remain the … Continue reading

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Case 29 – update 2

We are discussing a case of polycythaemia. When finding polycyhthaemia (or erythrocytosis) it is important to think about the causes logically.  Here is a way of classifying the disorder: As haematologists we are most worried about polycythaemia vera as there … Continue reading

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Case 29 – update 1

We have a gentleman presenting with intermittent angina-like chest pains who is polycythaemic. From our contributions we have ascertained the following about our patient: He is a smoker – 20-30 per day lifelong He probably drinks too much alcohol and … Continue reading

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Case 29 – the beginning

Welcome to #teamhaem! The rules are simple… we post a case on this site and then people comment on Twitter by replying to @teamhaem and using #teamhaem so everyone else can follow the conversation. Join in! This week’s case starts … Continue reading

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