What Is Stress Polycythemia?

Stress polycythemia is a term applied to a chronic (long standing) state of low plasma volume which is seen commonly in active, hard working, anxious, middle-aged men.

In these people, the red blood cell volume is normal, but the plasma volume is low. This condition is also known as Gaisbock’s disease, stress erythrocytosis, or pseudopolycythemia.

Smoker’s polycythemia is a similar condition in which increased levels of deoxygenated hemoglobin (hemoglobin that does not carry oxygen, instead carrying carbon dioxide) causes an increase in red blood cell counts.

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