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When does exogenous erythropoietin becomes necessary?

When does exogenous erythropoietin becomes necessary?

Kidney failure: Erythropoietin is commonly used in people with anemia due to kidney failure. Other uses include anemia associatid with hiv, chemotherapy and some types of bone marrow diease. It may also be used pre-surgically in certain selected patients. It has also been used improperly as a performance enhancing agent in competative sports. ...Read more

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What is the importance of erythropoietin?

Essential: Erythropoietin is an important hormone (produced by the kidneys) that stimulate your bone marrow to produce red blood cells. ...Read more

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Is it easy to buy erythropoietin in a pharmacy?

NO: Erythropoietin is a prescription drug so you need a prescription by a physician only few specialty pharmacies will carry this drug. ...Read more

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Can children and teenagers take erythropoietin?

Can children and teenagers take erythropoietin?

If needed can take: Erythropoietin is used for promoting red blood cells. Since premature infants can have anemia, as well as pediatric patients undergoing chemotherapy, it is a valuable tool. It has been approved by the FDA for these reasons. It has also been approved for pediatric renal disease. I hope this helps you. I would hope that you are not having to deal with these problems but if so, I wish you well. ...Read more

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What stimulates the release of erythropoietin by the kidneys?

Hypoxia: This is a very complex process. The simplest answer is: hypoxia (low oxygen tension, anemia) stimulates HIF production (hopoxia-inducible factor) which then stimulates epo release from the kidney. Another protein called VHL inhibits HIF action on epo (negative regulator). Mutation of VHL can cause excessive epo release, resulting in congenital erythrocytosis (a rare genetic disorder). ...Read more

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Does having only one kidney lower my erythropoietin production?

Does having only one kidney lower my erythropoietin production?

Usually not: Unless the remaining kidney is not functioning well, it should be able to easily compensate for this. ...Read more

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Why do athletes take erythropoietin?

Why do athletes take erythropoietin?

More O2: To increase the number of circulating red cells, thus improving the delivery of o2 to tissues. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: erythropoietin?

Hormone: Erythropoietin is the hormone that regulates red blood cell production. It also has other known biological functions. For example, erythropoietin plays an important role in the brain's response to neuronal injury. It is also involved in the wound healing process. ...Read more

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