Adenosine triphosphate, elevated, of erythrocytes is a condition that leads to high levels of adenosine triphosphate, also known as ATP, in the red blood cells. Mainly, the condition involves problems with blood and tissues that form blood. It also involves an increase in the number of red blood cells (known as polycythemia). If there are too many red blood cells, the blood can get too thick, leading to an increased risk of blood clots, stroke, and heart attack.
Adenosine triphosphate, elevated, of erythrocytes is a genetic condition caused by a change (mutation) in the PKLR gene. This condition is passed down from parent to child in an autosomal dominant manner. This means only one mutation from one parent is inherited in order to cause symptoms. A person with adenosine triphosphate, elevated, of erythrocytes has a 50/50 chance of passing the condition on to their children.
Some signs of adenosine triphosphate, elevated, of erythrocytes may include dizziness, weakness, feeling tired, headaches, sweating, weight loss, and shortness of breath. Doctors can diagnose this condition through a physical exam and by collecting a complete blood count (CBC) to measure the levels of different types of blood cells. The treatment for adenosine triphosphate, elevated, of erythrocytes varies for each individual, but the ultimate goal in treating the condition is to lower the number of red blood cells. Some treatments that are often used include taking blood out of the body (phlebotomy), taking aspirin to reduce blood clotting, and taking other medications to lower red blood cell count.
If you or a family member has been diagnosed with adenosine triphosphate, elevated, of erythrocytes, talk with your doctor about the most current treatment options. Support groups are also good resources of support and information.
Description Last Updated: Feb 25, 2018