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Int J Artif Organs. 1981 Nov;4(6):277-9.

Absence of anemia in maintenance hemodialysis.


Anemia is usual in untreated uremia. Persistent anemia is thought to be universal in uremic patients treated by maintenance hemodialysis (MH). A retrospective chart analysis of 549 patients on (MH) at five facilities in Brooklyn, found that eleven (2%) of these patients had a hematocrit (Hct) in the normal range (40%). To distinguish this subset of patients from the majority of MH, we compared both groups for: (1) etiology of the renal disease, (2) presence of residual renal function, (3) dialysis prescription, (4) decreased arterial O2 saturation, (5) greater use of vitamins or anabolic steroids, (6) absence of parathyroid disease. The relatively high hematocrit was not explained by any factor evaluated in this small subset of MH patients.

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