Knowledge Check

When did Gaïsbock publish his landmark paper?

a
1805
b
1895
c
1905
d
1925
e
2005

Which of the following is/are true concerning Gaïsbock syndrome?

a
It usually occurs in women
b
It is typically associated with cancer
c
It is typically associated with hypertension
d
It is often associated with undue emotional stress
e
It is associated with increased red cell mass
No, it is associated with reduced plasma volume!

Gaïsbock syndrome is type of:

a
Relative polycythemia
Correct, meaning that the plasma volume is reduced with a low or normal red cell mass.
b
Absolute polycythemia

A patient presents with a 2 day history of massive vomiting and diarrhea. His Hct is 58%. Does the patient have Gaïsbock syndrome?

a
Yes
b
No
Gaïsbock syndrome refers to chronic relative polycythemia, not polycythemia caused by acute fluid loss.

True of false: patients with Gaïsbock syndrome should be phlebotomized to achieve a normal Hct.

a
True
b
False
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