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ID:273 Erythropoietin (EPO)
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DescriptionErythropoietin (EPO) is a glycoprotein hormone produced in the kidneys that controls erythropoiesis (Red Blood Cell production). It is a cytokine for erythrocyte precursors in the bone marrow.
Additional InfoThe results may help distinguish between polycythaemia vera and secondary polycythaemia or between different types of anaemia. It also shows whether the amount of erythropoietin being produced is appropriate to the level of anaemia present. In polycythaemia rubra vera, the excessive production of red cells occurs independently of erythropoietin levels - in these patients the erythropoietin level is quite low. In patients with other forms of excessive red cell production, the erythropoietin levels are high.
Concurrent TestsFBC
Dietary RequirementsNone
InterpretationInterpreted against a normal range.

DepartmentBlood Sciences
TubeSerum Gel
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Collection ConditionsSamples received must be less than 24 hours old for testing. Samples from external referral sites must have the serum separated and frozen prior to transport.
Min. Vol2.0mL

Ref. Range (Male)3.0 - 18.0
Ref. Range (Female) 3.0 - 18.0
Ref. Range (Paed) 3.0 - 18.0
Ref. Range Notes
IP Acute TAT7 days
IP Routine TAT7 days
GP Acute TAT7 days
GP Routine TAT7 days
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Originally edited by : RJAR. Review due on 13/03/2020 08:42:36. Published By MPC on 13/03/2019 08:42:36.