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Myeloproliferative disorder
I am not sure if I have posted in the correct forum but would appreciate any help.  My younger brother (who is 4) was recently diagnosed with myeloproliferative dislorder (Essential thrombocytosis) after a routince FBC found high platelets and the subsequent Jak2 test diagnosing the above.  Could someone please tell me anything about this disorder.  I now too have to have the blood test as it could be genetic.  My recent FBC showed low iron which my Dr says is due to heavy periods.  Could this low iron be indicative of the same blood disorder?  Any information would be appreciated.  Thanks. Deni
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Hi Deni,
How is your brother? Essential thrombocytosis preents with an increased platelet count, megakaryocytic hyperplasia, and a hemorrhagic or thrombotic tendency. Symptoms and signs may include weakness, headaches, paresthesias, bleeding, splenomegaly, and erythromelalgia with digital ischemia.  The treatment is controversial but may include aspirin. Life expectancy is near normal. Although symptoms are common, the course of the disease is often benign. Serious arterial and venous thrombotic complications are rare but can be life-threatening. In your case, low iron could indeed be due to your heavy periods. But regular check-ups may help rule this out. Take care and best regards.
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