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Human Disease Project Egan middle school Polycythemia Vera (P.V.) By: Jake Klepper Period 2. About the Author. I am a student at Egan Junior High School. I attend Mr. Schneider’s science class. As you can see, my favorite college is Cal. Go Bears!. Polycythemia Vera .
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Egan middle school
By: Jake Klepper
P.V. does not affect the external outside of a patients body.
1. Polycythemia- increased amount of red blood cells in the blood stream
2. Secondary- Polycythemia- limited oxygen due to living at high altitude and/or smoking
It affects mostly older people, but also young adults and up.
60 year old man (Colonel Sanders)
Phlebotomies are usually the first option the patient has. It involves a certain amount of blood(usually averaging one pint) to be drawn from the body. Because the blood is removed from the body, there are less red blood cells to affect the patient. Patients usually have phlebotomies more than once and they can happen on a monthly basis for one’s lifetime.
Currently, there are seven clinical trials being preformed around the world to test out new medication and to see if any of them will be the key to cure PV.
Because there is no exact cause that doctors have found for P.V, there is no “target” cure or main cure for the disease. Most patients use blood thinners to tone down the red blood cells, but those drugs also tone down the count of others cells such as white blood cells. Those blood thinners are “general” drugs or, not the exact drug that pinpoints red blood cells but all cells.
The main reason I chose this disease was because my father has it and in some ways it has changed my family’s life. During my research, I have found that there are two types of Polycythemia Vera. My main source of information was between the MPD Foundation and my dad. I still would like to figure out what causes the disease given the fact it is still unknown. I do believe my downfall would be that there is no exact cause for P.V. and that does take away some great research topics that I could of used. In conclusion I had a blast learning what and how P.V. does and how it affects the people who have it.
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