What are the signs and symptoms of polycythemia vera (PV)?

Updated: Sep 20, 2021
  • Author: Srikanth Nagalla, MD, MS, FACP; Chief Editor: Sara J Grethlein, MD, FACP  more...
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Impaired oxygen delivery due to sludging of blood may lead to the following symptoms:

  • Headache

  • Dizziness

  • Vertigo

  • Tinnitus

  • Visual disturbances

  • Angina pectoris

  • Intermittent claudication

Bleeding complications, seen in approximately 1% of patients with PV, include epistaxis, gum bleeding, ecchymoses, and gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding. Thrombotic complications (1%) include venous thrombosis or thromboembolism and an increased prevalence of stroke and other arterial thromboses.

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