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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1] Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Mohamad Alkateb, MBBCh [2]; Shyam Patel [3]

Overview

Brain MRI may be helpful in the detection of ischemic stroke in patients with polycythemia vera. Abdominal MRI can help with diagnosis of mesenteric thrombosis.

Brain MRI

There are no MRI findings associated with polycythemia vera. However, a MRI may be helpful in the diagnosis of complications of polycythemia vera, which include:[1][2]

References

  1. Koennecke HC, Bernarding J (2001). "Diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging in two patients with polycythemia rubra vera and early ischemic stroke". Eur J Neurol. 8 (3): 273–7. PMID 11328338.
  2. Kaplan KR, Mitchell DG, Steiner RM, Murphy S, Vinitski S, Rao VM, Burk DL, Rifkin MD (May 1992). "Polycythemia vera and myelofibrosis: correlation of MR imaging, clinical, and laboratory findings". Radiology. 183 (2): 329–34. doi:10.1148/radiology.183.2.1561331. PMID 1561331.

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