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Long-term Outcomes in PV and Management of Transformation

The course of PV may reflect both its natural history and the effects of any treatment given.

Overall, median survival is approximately 13–14 years, and although many patients do very well, life expectancy is reduced compared to age-matched controls. There is an increased risk of:

Outcomes for patients who develop fibrosis and, in particular, acute myeloid leukemia (AML) are poor. No treatment has been shown to alter the natural history of PV, apart from allogeneic transplantation.

Options for patients with disease progression include:

The significant risks of allogeneic transplant, median age of presentation and long natural history of the disease do not justify it early in PV or ET, but it may have a role in:

For diagnostic criteria for post-PV and post-ET fibrosis, see Verstovsek S (2016),9 table 3.

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August 2018

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April 2021


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