What is the role of serum erythropoietin measurement in the evaluation of anemia of chronic disease and renal failure?

Updated: Nov 27, 2018
  • Author: Edgar V Lerma, MD, FACP, FASN, FAHA, FASH, FNLA, FNKF; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Measurement of serum erythropoietin levels is of no current diagnostic utility in patients with chronic kidney disease, as it is expected to be low. Neither does it influence the starting dose or any adjustment in dosing of erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) in such patients.


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