What are the causes of anemia in acute tubular necrosis (ATN)?

Updated: Mar 15, 2021
  • Author: Sangeeta Mutnuri, MBBS; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Anemia may develop from many possible causes. Erythropoiesis is reduced in AKI. Patients with ATN-related uremia may have platelet dysfunction and subsequent hemorrhage leading to anemia. In addition, volume overload may lead to hemodilution, and red cell survival time may be decreased. Anemia can be corrected with blood transfusions.


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