What is the role of imaging studies in the diagnosis 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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An enlarged spleen is often palpable and in such cases, imaging studies are not required. In some patients with posteriorly enlarged spleens or in those who are obese, ultrasonography or computed tomography scans may be able to detect splenic enlargement that was not evident on physical examination.


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