Virginia C. Broudy, MD
University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA
This case was reviewed and updated in August 2013 by Dr. Eric Kraut and members of the Teaching Cases Subcommittee.
Copyright of the American Society of Hematology, 2006. ISSN: 1931-6860.
A 72-year-old man presents for evaluation of polycythemia found incidentally by his primary care provider. Polycythemia is defined as an increase in the number of circulating red blood cells per volume of blood, an increase in the concentration of hemoglobin, or an increase in the Hct.
His Hct is 60%. The repeat Hct value is 61%. The normal range is 38-50%.
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