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Content updated on Jan 19, 2024

What is essential thrombocythemia?

Essential thrombocythemia is a rare disorder where the body produces too many platelets, which are blood cells that stick together to form clots. It may be caused by several acquired gene mutations, which are not inherited.

Symptoms of essential thrombocythemia

  • Pain over the back of my head

  • Pain over the temples

  • Pain at the back of the eye

  • Blood in stool

  • Headache

  • Forehead pain

  • Headache that affects both sides

  • Dizziness

Questions your doctor may ask to check for essential thrombocythemia

  • Do you have pain at the back of your head?

  • Do you have temple pain?

  • Have you had frequent severe headaches with deep eye pain in the past 1-2 months?

  • Do you have blood in your stool?

  • Do you have headaches or a heavy feeling in your head?

Treatment for essential thrombocythemia

Essential thrombocythemia is a chronic condition with no cure. Mild forms of the disease may not need treatment. For those with severe symptoms, medications to lower platelet count and/or blood thinners may be needed.

View the symptoms of Essential Thrombocythemia

  • Blood in stool

  • Headache

  • Dizziness

References

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    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0268960X20300643?via%3Dihub

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  • Harrison CN, Green AR. Essential thrombocythemia. Hematol Oncol Clin North Am. 2003 Oct;17(5):1175-90, vii. doi: 10.1016/s0889-8588(03)00082-0. PMID: 14560781.

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Dr Patel graduated from the Zhejiang University School of Medicine. She worked in clinical research at the University of Illinois in Chicago and University of Nevada in Las Vegas focused on culturally adapted health interventions for preventive medicine in the community setting. Received her Master's of Science in Global Health (concentration in Health Policy) from Georgetown University, during which she worked with the WHO in Sierra Leone and Save the Children in Washington, D.C. Unnati went on to complete her family medicine residency in Chicago, Illinois at Norwegian American Hospital. | | She is currently working as a primary care physician in the city of Chicago and completing her Master's of Business Administration at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and Fellowship in Leadership in Value-Based Care.

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Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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