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What is essential thrombocythemia, a type of chronic MPD?

Essential thrombocythemia is one of the six types of chronic myeloproliferative disorders (MPD). In this blood disorder, the bone marrow produces too many platelets. As a result, there are an excessive number of platelets in the blood and bone marrow. Platelets help clot the blood. Therefore, the presence of excessive platelets causes the blood to get clumpy, which makes it difficult to flow smoothly. If left untreated, essential thrombocythemia can eventually lead to serious complications such as stroke or heart attack.

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