Can People With Polycythemia Vera Still Donate Blood?
Permission..rnMy husband is indicated to be polycythamic, can he still donate blood?rnWhy is his body getting thinner?rnAlways short of breath and if he walks 5 steps, he is short of breath..
Thanks for the question. Polycythemia vera is a blood disorder in which the bone marrow produces too many red blood cells due to a gene mutation. The large number of red blood cells produced causes blood flow to be slower and blood to clot more easily. Blood clots can occur anywhere including the heart, lungs, and brain so that they can cause the sufferer to have a heart attack, shortness of breath / respiratory failure, and stroke. The sufferer will experience the following symptoms:
headaches, dizziness, easy bruising, fatigue, visual disturbances, shortness of breath, flatulence, fever, weight loss, doctors need to perform a blood test and a biopsy of the spinal cord to confirm this condition. If proven to have polycythemia vera, the treatment that can be given is to take blood from the patient to reduce the amount of blood in the body (but this blood cannot be donated to other people), administration of aspirin to prevent blood clots, or drugs to reduce the number of red blood cells. .
Please suggest that your husband consult a specialist in internal medicine for further treatment. Advise your husband not to do too much activity but to do light exercise regularly. Avoid smoking.
Hope this information is useful.