Erythropoietin (EPO) is a glycoprotein hormone produced in the kidneys that controls erythropoiesis (Red Blood Cell production). It is a cytokine for erythrocyte precursors in the bone marrow.
|Tube||01 (SE) - Serum Gel|
|Additional Information||The results may help distinguish between polycythaemia vera and secondary polycythaemia or between different types of anaemia. It also shows whether the amount of erythropoietin being produced is appropriate to the level of anaemia present. In polycythaemia rubra vera, the excessive production of red cells occurs independently of erythropoietin levels - in these patients the erythropoietin level is quite low. In patients with other forms of excessive red cell production, the erythropoietin levels are high.|
|Turn Around||A&E: N/A
Day Case: N/A
Out-Patient: 168 Hours
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|Collection Con||Samples received must be less than 24 hours old for testing. Samples from external referral sites must have the serum separated and frozen prior to transport. Freeze-thaw cycles degrade EPO rapidly. Minimum volume of serum 200 uL.
Instructions for Lab Staff: Standard lab processing - No special requirements.
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|Telepath||LGI: EPO2L . SJUH: EPO2L and JCHM2L|
|ICE Codes||LGI: LEPO. SJUH: JEPO.|