Kazumasa Shimamatsu

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BACKGROUND In hemodialysis (HD) patients requiring anemia management, the 3-fold longer terminal half-life (25.3 hours) of darbepoetin-alpha (DA) results in reduced dose frequency when compared with recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO) -alpha or -beta by intravenous administration (8.5 hours). However, this might become a disadvantage in the face of rapid(More)
AIM Taking advantage of the characteristics of both darbepoetin (DA) and epoetin (EPO) might be a reasonable option for stabilizing hemoglobin (Hb) control in hemodialysis (HD) patients. The effect of DA assisted by EPO (DA/EPO) on Hb control was evaluated retrospectively in comparison with that of EPO monotherapy. METHODS Twenty-six HD patients whose(More)
Higher doses of erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) contribute to atherothrombotic cardiovascular disease in hemodialysis (HD) patients. Thrombocytosis is associated with increased mortality in ESA-treated HD patients. We investigated variables affecting platelet count and its variability (platelet count increment [Δplatelet count]) in HD patients.(More)
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