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Nephrol Nurs J. 2006 Sep-Oct;33(5):555-8.

C-reactive protein and anemia: implications for patients on dialysis.

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Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, USA.

Abstract

C-reactive protein (CRP) is an acute-phase reactant protein that increases significantly in the presence of intercurrent (concurrent) events such as infectious and inflammatory processes. Data indicate that CRP levels correlate with anemia parameters, higher levels being associated with an increased comorbidity burden, lower hemoglobin (Hb) levels, and higher Epoetin alfa dose requirements. This article explores the use of CRP monitoring in patients on dialysis, and the relationship to anemia outcomes.

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