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

Updated: Aug 20, 2019
  • Author: Srikanth Nagalla, MBBS, MS, FACP; Chief Editor: Koyamangalath Krishnan, MD, FRCP, FACP  more...
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Symptoms of polycythemia vera (PV) are often insidious in onset, and they are often related to blood hyperviscosity secondary to a marked increase in the cellular elements of blood. Subsequent sludging of blood flow and thrombosis lead to poor oxygen delivery, with symptoms that include the following:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo
  • Tinnitus
  • Visual disturbances
  • Angina pectoris
  • Intermittent claudication

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