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Polycythaemia vera (PV)

Polycythaemia vera (PV) is one of the myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) where the blood produces more red blood cells than normal.

Polycythaemia vera (PV) is one of a group of diseases called the myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs). MPNs affect the way blood cells are produced in the body. People with PV produce more red blood cells than normal. PV may also affect the production of your other blood cells, for example your body may also produce too many platelets and white blood cells. PV is a rare condition and primarily affects middle-aged and elderly people

Last reviewed: December 2015

Next planned review: December 2018