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Pruritus in polycythemia vera is associated with a lower risk of arterial thrombosis

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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Program in Molecular Medicine



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Adolescent; Adult; Aged; Child; Diabetes Mellitus; Female; Humans; Janus Kinase 2; Male; Middle Aged; Multivariate Analysis; Polycythemia Vera; Prevalence; Pruritus; Retrospective Studies; Risk Factors; Smoking; Thrombosis


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Among 418 patients with polycythemia vera seen at our institution and in whom pruritus history was recorded, the presence of pruritus at diagnosis was documented in 131 (31%) and its absence in 287 (69%). Pruritus was less frequently reported by smokers (12% vs. 24%; P = 0.004) and diabetics (5% vs. 11%; P = 0.04). The presence of pruritus was associated with a lower rate of arterial thrombosis, both at diagnosis (8% vs. 17%; P = 0.01) and during follow-up (16% vs. 30%; P = 0.003). Multivariable analysis revealed that these associations were independent of other risk factors for thrombosis. High JAK2V617F allele burden clustered with pruritus (P = 0.002) but did not affect thrombosis rates.

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Citation: Am J Hematol. 2008 Jun;83(6):451-3. Link to article on publisher's site

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American journal of hematology

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