Other Names for this Disease
- Polycythemia rubra vera
- Primary polycythemia
Your QuestionI have polycythemia vera. Can this condition be passed on to my children?
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In rare cases, the risk to develop PCV runs in families and sometimes appears to have an autosomal dominant pattern of inheritance. This means that only one altered copy of a gene in each cell is enough to give a person an increased risk for PCV. In other words, while an increased risk to develop PCV may be inherited, the condition itself is not inherited.
- Polycythemia vera. Genetics Home Reference. July, 2013; http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/polycythemia-vera. Accessed 3/17/2014.