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  • Polycythaemia vera is a type of blood disorder characterised by the production of too many blood cells, typically red blood cells.
  • It is caused by abnormal functioning of the bone marrow, but the reason for this remains unknown.
  • Polycythaemia vera is a rare condition that tends to be slightly more common amongst men and people of Jewish ancestry.
  • There is no cure.
  • Treatment options include drug therapy and the regular removal of blood units.

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Reviewed on: 31-03-2012