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Overview

The Erythropoietin test is performed to diagnose the cause of anemia, bone marrow disorder, or erythrocytosis.

What is the Erythropoietin test?

The Erythropoietin test is a blood test. Erythropoietin is a hormone that plays a major role in the production of red blood cells. The Erythropoietin test measures the level of this hormone in the body. The results of the Erythropoietin test helps to diagnose disorders such as anemia, chronic kidney diseases, and other disorders which affect the production of red blood cells.

Why is Erythropoietin test suggested?

Erythropoietin Test is suggested

  • To know the reasons behind diagnosed anemia, which has not been caused by iron deficiency.
  • To evaluate the functioning of the kidneys.
  • When a blood test reveals a large number of red blood cells.

How is the Erythropoietin test performed?

The Erythropoietin test is a simple blood test performed in a lab.

  • A blood sample from the patient is collected.
  • The sample is tested for the level of Erythropoietin.

The Erythropoietin test helps in the diagnosis and treatment of anemia, which is caused due to low Erythropoietin production in the kidneys.

What are the parameters measured in the Erythropoietin test?

Erythropoietin Test measures the level of Erythropoietin hormone in the blood.

Preparation before performing the Erythropoietin test

The patient should discuss food and medications before the Erythropoietin test with the doctor. Comfortable clothes with easy access to the arm must be worn as the blood sample is collected from there.

Post-care after the Erythropoietin Test

Patients do not need any special care after the Erythropoietin test. Patients can go home and resume regular activity immediately after the Erythropoietin test. They may rest for some time if they feel weak or dizzy.

Sample types in the Erythropoietin Test

The Erythropoietin test requires only a blood sample collected from the veins.

Side effects of the Erythropoietin test

The risks associated with the Erythropoietin test are as follows:

  • Risk of infection at the sample collection site for the Erythropoietin test.
  • Risk of excessive bleeding after sample extraction.

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