Erythropoietin

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Also known as: EPO
Formal name: Erythropoietin

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

Either to help tell the difference between polycythaemia vera and secondary polycythaemia or to help tell the difference between different types of anaemia. It also shows whether the amount of erythropoietin being produced is appropriate for the level of anaemia present

When to Get Tested?

If a patient has an elevated red blood cell count or an anaemia that the doctor suspects may be caused by decreased red blood cell production

Sample Required?

A blood sample taken from a vein in your arm

Test Preparation Needed?

None