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February 1961

Polycythemia Vera in a Negro Woman

Arch Intern Med. 1961;107(2):260-263. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620020110011

A review of the literature on polycythemia vera reveals that only 10 cases have been described in the Negro race. If all of these cases were valid examples of polycythemia vera, the following patient would be the 11th case to be reported.

Report of Case 

History.—  A 48-year-old Negro woman was first seen in the Hematology Clinic of Colorado General Hospital on May 16, 1958. The patient complained of mild occipital headache, dizziness, and bleeding gums of two years' duration. Two years prior to admission she had bled excessively after tooth extraction. In August, 1957, she was hospitalized because of an acute swelling of the right leg, presumably a thrombophlebitis. At this time she was told that she had too much blood, and during the following few months a pint of blood was removed on two occasions. After this procedure, she received an unknown medication for several months.The only