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Hemorrhagic thrombocythemia (Essential Thrombocythemia)

Overview

Hemorrhagic thrombocythemia: A rare blood disorder characterized by increased number of platelets in the blood which often results in an enlarged spleen, bleeding and blood vessel blockages.

Symptoms - Hemorrhagic thrombocythemia (Essential Thrombocythemia)

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Hemorrhagic thrombocythemia includes the 18 symptoms listed below: * Spontaneous bleeding * Coughing up blood * Melena * Menorrhagia * Anemia * Increased platelets * Nosebleed * Easy bleeding * Gastrointestinal tract bleeding * Peripheral vascular ischemia * Pulmonary emboli * Deep vein thrombosis * Digital ischemia * Central nervous system ischemia * Transient ischemic attacks * Headache * Dizziness * Enlarged spleen Note that Hemorrhagic thrombocythemia symptoms usually refers to various symptoms known to a patient, but the phrase Hemorrhagic thrombocythemia signs may refer to those signs only noticable by a doctor.

Causes - Hemorrhagic thrombocythemia (Essential Thrombocythemia)

* Anemia * Central nervous system ischemia * Coughing up blood * Deep vein thrombosis * Dizziness * Enlarged spleen * Headache * Increased platelets * Melena * Menorrhagia * Nosebleed * Transient ischemic attacks

Prevention - Hemorrhagic thrombocythemia (Essential Thrombocythemia)

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Diagnosis - Hemorrhagic thrombocythemia (Essential Thrombocythemia)

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Prognosis - Hemorrhagic thrombocythemia (Essential Thrombocythemia)

The outcome varies. Some people have prolonged periods without complications, while complications related to hemorrhage and thrombosis lead to death in others.

Treatment - Hemorrhagic thrombocythemia (Essential Thrombocythemia)

If a patient has life-threatening complications, platelet pheresis, a procedure to remove platelets from the blood directly, can rapidly decrease the platelet count. Long-term decrease of the platelet count using medications can reduce both bleeding and clotting complications. Most common medications include hydroxyurea, interferon-alpha, or anagrelide. For patients with a known clotting tendency, aspirin may help decrease clotting episodes. Some patients do not need any treatment.

Resources - Hemorrhagic thrombocythemia (Essential Thrombocythemia)

Call your health care provider: * If unexplained or prolonged bleeding occurs * If chest pain, leg pain, confusion, weakness, numbness, or other new symptoms develop

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