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Diagnostic Tests for Anemia

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These home medical tests may be relevant to Anemia:

Tests and diagnosis discussion for Anemia:

Anemia in Kidney Disease and Dialysis: NIDDK (Excerpt)

A complete blood count (CBC), a laboratory test performed on a sample of your blood, includes a determination of your hematocrit (Hct), the percentage of the blood that consists of red blood cells. The CBC also measures the amount of Hgb in your blood. The range of normal Hct and Hgb in women who menstruate is slightly lower than for healthy men or healthy postmenopausal women. The Hgb is usually about one-third the value of the Hct. (Source: excerpt from Anemia in Kidney Disease and Dialysis: NIDDK)

Anemia in Kidney Disease and Dialysis: NIDDK (Excerpt)

If you have lost at least half of normal kidney function (serum creatinine greater than 2 mg/dL) and have a low Hct, the most likely cause of anemia is decreased EPO production. The National Kidney Foundation's Dialysis Outcomes Quality Initiative (DOQI) recommends that doctors begin a detailed evaluation of anemia in men and postmenopausal women on dialysis when the Hct value falls below 37 percent. For women of childbearing age, evaluation should begin when the Hct falls below 33 percent. The evaluation will include tests for iron deficiency and blood loss in the stool to be certain there are no other reasons for the anemia.

When To Evaluate Dialysis Patients for Anemia
Hematocrit (Hct) Hemoglobin (Hgb)
Women who menstruate less than 33% less than 11 g/dL
All men and postmenopausal women less than 37% less than 12 g/dL
Source: The National Kidney Foundation's Dialysis Outcomes Quality Initiative. (Source: excerpt from Anemia in Kidney Disease and Dialysis: NIDDK)

Anemia: NWHIC (Excerpt)

Anemia is diagnosed by a blood test, either by a fingerstick in a physician's office, or by a blood test done in a laboratory. (Source: excerpt from Anemia: NWHIC)

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