What Is the Prognosis of Polycythemia Vera?

Q:
What is the prognosis of polycythemia vera?

A:
Patients being treated for polycythemia vera can be expected to live between 11 and 15 years on average after diagnosis.

The prognosis for untreated polycythemia vera is poor, 50% of patients die within 18 months after diagnosis.

Death usually results from heart failure, leukemia, or hemorrhage.

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