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Essential Thrombocythemia

Essential Thrombocythemia - Treatments

​The treatment of essential thrombocythemia includes

  • Decrease the risk of blood clots: through the use of “blood thinners” such as antiplatelet agents like aspirin or anticoagulation therapies.
Good control of pre-existing conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes mellitus also helps to decrease the risk of blood clot.
A healthy lifestyle including regular exercise and a healthy diet is also recommended.

  • Some patients with higher risk for blood clots may require medications to help reduce the platelet count
In patients who require reduction of the platelet count, this can be achieved with medication: hydroxyurea, anagrelide, PEGylated interferon.

Young patients with no history of previous blood clots generally do not need medications to reduce the platelet count.  

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