Polycythemia Vera | Symptoms


What are the symptoms of PV?

In its early stages, PV usually doesn't cause any symptoms. As the disease progresses, symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Itchy or flushed skin
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • A tingling or burning sensation in the hands and feet


Polycythemia Vera by BJ Stuart, LT, MC, USNR, AJ Viera, LCDR, MC, USNR (American Family Physician May 01, 2004, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20040501/2139.html)

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 01/05