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Also known as: EPO
Formal name: Erythropoietin

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To help differentiate between different types of anemia and to determine whether the amount of erythropoietin being produced is appropriate for the level of anemia present

When to Get Tested?

When you have anemia that the doctor suspects may be caused by decreased red blood cell production; when a person is producing too many red blood cells

Sample Required?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm

Test Preparation Needed?