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Old 11-25-2004, 01:12 AM   #1
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Question Question about Haemoglobin Level

Hi I'm new to this forum, so my question might be posted in the wrong place.
First off my name is Cat. Now onto my question.

I've had to see a Haematologist Speaclist, about Polycythaemia Vera. Because my blood test were as follows;

Blood test done on 1st April 2003
Haemoglobin 159 g/l
Blood test done on 6th October 2004;
Haemoglobin 163 g/l

On 23rd November 2004 was when I went to see the Speaclist as my Doctor sent me to. Had to have another Blood Test done, & found out results as follows;

24th Nov.2004
Blood test results.
Haemoglobin.=171 g/l

So Haemoglobin is up by 8 point within 48days since blood test on 6th Oct2004.

When I did see my Doctor he had said that normal Haemoglobin.=160 g/l
I am due to go back to see the Haematologist Speaclist on 30th November 2004. But was hoping to find out abit more infomation if I can.

Thank-you & regards

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Old 11-25-2004, 03:10 AM   #2
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Re: Question about Haemoglobin Level

Hi Cat,

Usually, a hemoglobin level greater than 180 g per L in white men and 160 g per L in blacks and women is suspicious of PV. There are other blood values that are also important. Do you know what your hematocrit level was? Greater than 52 percent (0.52) in white men and 47 percent (0.47) in blacks and women would also be something the doctors would be looking for.

Some symptoms of PV:

Itiching after you bathe.
Enlarged spleen which doc would normally be able to feel when he examines you.
Weight loss
Burning or hot skin with redness
Enlarged liver
Painful fingers
Transient neurologic complaints like headache, tinnitus, dizziness, blurred vision, tingling or numbness)
Chest pain

PV is eminently treatable so I hope you get some definitive answers soon so as to get you feeling better ASAP.

zuzu xxx

Old 11-25-2004, 04:44 AM   #3
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Hiya Zuzu,

Thanks for replying.
As for what you said I did forget to say in my 1st post that I'm a white female from Australia and age of 32yrs.

I only have two of my blood test results and
Hematocrit level on 1st April 2003 was 0.47
and Hematocrit level on 6th October 2004 was 0.49

Commets on the bottom of Pathology Report done on 6th October2004 says 'Haemoglobin level is mildy increased.

When I had call the Hospital to find out blood test result done on 23rd November 2004, the only part they told me was about the Haemoglobin level being at 171 g/l.

As for the symptoms of PV you said the following I do or have had of late;

Itiching after you bathe.
Weight loss
Plus had passed out about a month and a half ago down at local shops, & it wasn't hot nor had I been over doing things.

I have found one web site about Polycythaemia Vera, yet it doesn't give details of levels of blood test and meanings.


Again thank-you for your reply.
Best regards


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