GADIEL M. SMITH, M.D., F.A.C.P.
In recent years there have been several reports on the relation of obesity and polycythemia.
In 1951 Newman, Feltman and Devlin1 reported a small series of cases of supposed polycythemia vera with impairment of pulmonary function. Their case 4 was a very obese, somnolent patient with an arterial oxygen saturation of 69% and a maximal breathing capacity of 48% of predicted normal. Although the hemoglobin was 23 gm., the red blood cell count 7,500,000, and the hematocrit 67%, the white blood cell count was only 6, 550 and the platelet count 305, 510. This is not the usual picture of
SMITH GM. OBESITY WITH POLYCYTHEMIA: REPORT OF A CASE1. Ann Intern Med. ;50:1530–1539. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-50-6-1530
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1959;50(6):1530-1539.
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