Essential thrombocythemia (ET) is a rare chronic blood condition
characterized by an increased number of platelets
, which are blood cell fragments that help to clot the blood from a cut or wound.
The most common signs and symptoms
of essential thrombocythemia include:
- increased white blood cell count
- reduced red blood cell count
- an enlarged spleen (splenomegaly)
- bleeding results from dysfunction platelets
- blood clots, e.g. deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism
- chest pain
- abdominal pain
- visual disturbances
- dizziness or lightheadedness
- numbness or tingling in the extremities
There are no specific causes
of essential thrombocythemia. The most common ones are:
- increased number of platelets
- diseases in stem cells
- functional defects of platelets
Although there is no cure for essential thrombocythemia, please turn to your doctor immediately for available treatments.
Keyword: essential thrombocythemia.