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Erythropoeitin and the anemia of kidney failure
Posted by: Nola
Date: February 12, 2002 1:57 AM

I am against transfusions and wonder about the success of erythropoeitin when used for the anemia of kidney failure. I would be grateful for your opinion.

Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at April 21, 2008 3:06 AM by Dr. Kennedy.

RE: Erythropoeitin and the anemia of kidney failure
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: February 12, 2002 2:45 AM

For our readers who do not already know about erythropoeitin, let me bring them up to speed. Erythropoetin is used to treat anemia associated with HIV infection or AZT therapy. It is a natural hormone secreted normally by the kidneys that acts on the bone marrow to stimulate production of red blood It is approved for treatment of anemia in both AZT treated HIV positive people, and people with chronic kidney failure. I am not a hemotologist and have not had occasion to use erythropoeitin. However, in general I favor the selected use of orthomolecular hormones for therapeutic purposes. It should be ideal in a case of renal anemia especially in a person who for religious or other reasons refuses blood transfusion.

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at February 14, 2008 3:33 AM by Dr. Kennedy.

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