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Is anemia linked to kidney failure?

Is anemia linked to kidney failure?

Yes: Kidney failure is often associated with anemia. The lack of erythropoietin, an essential hormone produced by the kidneys that enhances red cell production from bone marrow, would be the easiest explanation. ...Read more

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Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more


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Is anemia usually linked to kidney failure?

Is anemia usually linked to kidney failure?

Yes: Anemia is one of common findings associated with renal failure. The lack of erythropoietin (red cell production enhancing hormone from kidney) is among the causes. ...Read more

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I've anemia, kidney failure (3), gout.. Is there way to treat anemia w/o upsetting the gout and kidney? Is the anemia life threatening w/o treatment?

I've anemia, kidney failure (3), gout.. Is there way to treat anemia w/o upsetting the gout and kidney? Is the anemia life threatening w/o treatment?

Potentially : Yes, anemia can potentially be life threatening if your blood count drops low enough. There are multiple reasons a person with renal failure can have anemia. Addressing it is usually a multi pronged approach. I would discuss directly with your doctor. ...Read more

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My A1c is 6.2 as a result of taking 2 pills of metformin. Should i now take 1 to reduce chances of liver damage or kidney failure? Please advise.

My A1c is 6.2 as a result of taking 2 pills of metformin. Should i now take 1 to reduce chances of liver damage or kidney failure? Please advise.

No: You should continue treatment of your metformin as it is well tolerated. You doctor can follow up on routine blood work to evaluate for the concerned conditions. You a1c is currently right at goal of < 7. If you remain at this range or lower and your diet improves or you lose weight then you doctor might find it appropriate for you to reduce you dose. ...Read more

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How does kidney disease lead to anemia?

How does kidney disease lead to anemia?

Erythropoietin: The kidneys make a hormone called erythropoietin which travels to the bone marrow and tells it to make red blood cells. If the kidneys are diseased they sometimes do not make this hormone and the person will become anemic. Always remember there are many reasons a person can become anemic- kidney disease is only one way. ...Read more

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Why does kidney disease cause anemia? Epo?

Why does kidney disease cause anemia? Epo?

Anemia in CKD: Chronic kidney disease (ckd) anemia is caused by the diseased kidneys not being able to make the hormone, erythropoietin (e). E stimulates the bone marrow to make new red blood cells. Epogen (epoetin alfa) is a man made drug that replicates e's affects on the bone marrow and is given to both CKD and dialysis patients to treat their anemia. ...Read more

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Why does anemia cause progression of chronic kidney disease?

Why does anemia cause progression of chronic kidney disease?

Reversed sequence: Progression of chronic kidney disease results in development of anemia because kidney is no longer able to produce erythropoietin, a hormone enhancing red blood cell production from bone marrow. ...Read more

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1/29/13 yrly checkup GFR 97 creatinine .74 had urine checked 2 weeks ago no protein all ok urinating more often nml amounts A1c 4.9 -- kidney failure?

1/29/13 yrly checkup GFR 97 creatinine .74 had urine checked 2 weeks ago no protein all ok urinating more often nml amounts A1c 4.9 -- kidney failure?

NOPE!: All the #s you offered are totally normal. If you are having frequency of urination, might want to have urine rechecked for infection or see md either way if bothering you too much... ...Read more

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Can Stage 3 kidney disease & kidney stones cause minor anemia & low TIBC? Thank you.

Can Stage 3 kidney disease & kidney stones cause minor anemia & low TIBC? Thank you.

Yes: It can definitely cause anemia in what we call anemia of inflammation. It is also known as anemia of chronic disease. The kidneys secrete an important hormone called erythopoetin which helps with the production of red blood cells. For this reason, you have anemia of chronic disease. You should definitely have iron studies drawn and see if you are a candidate for medication. ...Read more

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What shall I do with a patient who had history of diabetes mellitus and anemia now experience acute kidney failure and pneumonia due to vasculitis?

What shall I do with a patient who had history of diabetes mellitus and anemia now experience acute kidney failure and pneumonia due to vasculitis?

Many issues: 1: Both kidney failure and pneumonia need attention. The kidney specialist will take care of the acute kidney failure and a blood vessel specialist will take care of the vasculitis. Pneumonia can be handled either by these two doctors or your primary doctor. If managed carefully under control you can also get rid of diabetes. ...Read more

Dr. Tarek Naguib
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Kidney Failure (Definition)

The kidneys do several tasks. Dialysis is necessary when one or more of the following occur, that can't be remedied or palliated with medications: 1. Insufficient clearance of daily toxins in food and metabolic waste 2. Insufficient clearance of excess water 3. Dangerous electrolyte imbalance, ...Read more


Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Anemia refers to any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood cells in the body. There are numerous causes of anemia but they can basically be broken down into 3 categories: decreased production of red blood cells increased destruction of red ...Read more