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Volume 15 (1999), Issue 4, Pages 229-236

Assessment of Erythropoietin Levels and Some Iron Indices in Chronic Renal Failure and Liver Cirrhosis Patients

Essam Mady,1,2,3 Gehane Wissa,1 Ali Khalifa,2 and Mahmoud El-Sabbagh1

1Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Ain Shams university, Cairo, Egypt
2Oncology Diagnostic Unit, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, Abbassia, Cairo, Egypt
3Faculty of Education, King Faisal University, PO Box 1759, Al-Hassa 31982, Saudi Arabia

Received 9 December 1999; Accepted 9 December 1999

Copyright © 1999 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This study was constructed to investigate the relationship between renal anaemia and erythropoietin (EPO) concentrations in chronic renal failure (CRF) patients and to evaluate the possible role of the liver. Serum EPO levels were measured in blood samples from 20 CRF patients on hemodialysis (HD), 20 liver cirrhosis (LC) patients, 20 patients having both CRF and LC and undergoing HD, and 20 normal control subjects. Blood cell counts, iron indices (iron, total iron-binding capacity (TIBC) and ferritin), renal function (blood urea nitrogen (BUN) and creatinine), hepatic function (ALT, AST, ALP and bilirubin) investigations were carried out for all the subjects enrolled in this study. CRF patients without LC had serum EPO concentration of 6.21 ± 0.53 mU/ml (mean ± SE), which was significantly higher than that in patients having both CRF and LC (4.32 ± 0.52) (p < 0.01). Both groups showed significantly lower values than the controls (12.75 ± 0.70) (p < 0.001). LC patients with intact kidneys had significantly higher EPO level (22.70 ± 1.70) (p < 0.001). No correlation was found between EPO level and any of the hematologic or iron indices.