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Laboratory Medicine

Test Directory / Erythropoietin


Brown clotted serum, gel barrier

Common AbbreviationsEPO
Clinical IndicationThis test measures the amount of erythropoietin in the blood. Erythropoietin is a hormone produced mainly by the kidneys. It is produced and released into the bloodstream if the blood oxygen levels are low (hypoxaemia).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.
Specimen TypeBlood
Sample TypeBrown clotted serum, gel barrier
Minimum Volume 0.5 - 1.0 mL
Special PrecautionsState most recent Hb & PCV
Stability24 hrs (store overnight samples at 4C if necessary)
Turnaround Time4 weeks
LaboratoryBlood Sciences Leeds St James University Hospital
Reference IntervalReference range printed on final report.
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