Erythropoietin

This is a blood test to determine the level of erythropoietin (EPO) in your blood. Erythropoietin is produced by the kidneys. EPO is a factor in your blood which usually increases if the body is not getting enough oxygen. More EPO is produced as it attempts to stimulate the bone marrow to increase your red blood cell production. When the kidney senses it is not getting enough oxygen, it produces more EPO which tells the body to make more red blood cells (the cells in your blood which carry oxygen).

PREPARATION FOR TEST

No preparation or fasting is necessary.

NORMAL FINDINGS

5-35 IU/L

Ranges for normal findings may vary among different laboratories and hospitals. You should always check with your doctor after having lab work or other tests done to discuss the meaning of your test results and whether your values are considered within normal limits.

MEANING OF TEST

Your caregiver will go over the test results with you and discuss the importance and meaning of your results, as well as treatment options and the need for additional tests if necessary.

OBTAINING THE TEST RESULTS

It is your responsibility to obtain your test results. Ask the lab or department performing the test when and how you will get your results.