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Semin Thromb Hemost. 2006 Apr;32(3):171-3.

Epidemiology of the myeloproliferative disorders polycythemia vera and essential thrombocythemia.

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  • 1Department of Hematology, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Göteborg, Sweden.


The annual incidence of polycythemia vera (PV) and essential thrombocythemia (ET) is approximately 2 and 1.5 per 100,000 inhabitants, respectively, if based on large population surveys and adjusted to a standard population. Survival for ET patients does not differ from that of the general population. However, it appears that PV patients have a significantly higher mortality, at least for patients diagnosed before 1990.

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