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Genetics Home Reference: Essential thrombocythemia

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Essential thrombocythemia is a condition characterized by an increased number of platelets (thrombocythemia). Platelets (thrombocytes) are the blood cells involved in blood clotting.

Abnormal blood clotting (thrombosis) is common in people with essential thrombocythemia and causes many signs and symptoms of this condition; however, some people with essential thrombocythemia have no signs or symptoms. Clots that block blood flow to the brain can cause strokes or temporary stroke-like episodes...

Essential thrombocythemia is a condition characterized by an increased number of platelets (thrombocythemia). Platelets (thrombocytes) are the blood cells involved in blood clotting.

Abnormal blood clotting (thrombosis) is common in people with...

Essential Thrombocythemia

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Essential thrombocythemia (ET) is an uncommon disorder in which your body produces too many blood platelets (thrombocytes). It's also known as primary thrombocythemia (throm-bo-sigh-THE-me-uh). Essential thrombocythemia is one of a group of diseases of the blood and bone marrow known...