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Diagnosis of Kidney Dialysis

Tests and diagnosis discussion for Kidney Dialysis:

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)

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