Erythropoietin Blood Test

Erythropoietin Blood Test

Quick Overview

Useful in measuring the amount of the hormone EPO in the blood. 

Test #427


Availability: In stock

Also Known As EPO

No special preparation required. Due to diurnal variation, it is recommended that specimens be collected between 7: 30 am and noon. 

Test Results 1-2 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays.

Erythropoietin (EPO) is a hormone that is produced mainly by the kidneys and plays a key part in the manufacturing of red blood cells.  If a person's kidneys are impaired and do not produce ample erythropoietin, then not enough RBCs are produced and a person will generally become anemic.  However, if too much EPO is produced it could lead to evidence of polycythemia or potentially a kidney tumor.  

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