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essential thrombocythemia

A condition caused by abnormal marrow growth (myeloproliferative disease) related to polycythemia rubra vera. The disease occurs when part of the bone marrow produces cells normally but they do not mature. It is characterised by the production of large numbers of platelets. Symptoms include bleeding, blood clots and enlargement of the spleen. Treatment varies according to the severity of the disease.

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Last updated on April 17th, 2023

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