Reduced erythropoietin response to anaemia in elderly patients with normocytic anaemia.

  title={Reduced erythropoietin response to anaemia in elderly patients with normocytic anaemia.},
  author={Mary A Carpenter and Rebecca Kendall and A E O'Brien and Claire Chapman and J. J. Panisello Sebasti{\'a}n and P W Belfield and Derek R Norfolk},
  journal={European journal of haematology},
  volume={49 3},
We studied the effect of age on the relationship between haemoglobin and serum erythropoietin (EPO) levels in anaemic patients. 568 patients over 70 years of age were compared with 137 patients under 70 and a reference group of 144 patients of all ages with proven iron deficiency. EPO was measured using a radioimmunoassay. We found that elderly patients with a normocytic anaemia (N = 375) had a statistically lower EPO response than younger patients with normocytic anaemia (N = 61) (p < 0.05) or… CONTINUE READING

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