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Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
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Year : 1995  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 407-411
Once Weekly Low Dose Subcutaneous Erythropoietin: An Economic Solution for the Management of Anemia of End-stage Renal Disease

Department of Nephrology, King Fahd Hospital, Madinah Al Munawarah, Saudi Arabia

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Bassam Bernieh
Nephrology Department, King Fahd Hospital, Madinah Al Munawarah
Saudi Arabia
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Forty patients with end-stage renal disease on maintenance hemodialysis were categorized into three groups depending upon the route of administration of erythropoietin (EPO). Eighteen of these patients received i.v. EPO (group A), 11 were switched from i.v. to s.c. route (group B), and 11 other patients were started on s.c. EPO from the beginning of treatment (group C). They were studied to evaluate the efficacy of EPO and its dosage. The target hemoglobin was decided to be between 9 and 10.5 g/L. The hemogram of all these patients showed considerable improvement after EPO treatment. Mean hemoglobin level increased from 7.0 1.0 in all the groups to 9.0 + 1.0, 9.1 0.9 and 9.0 + 0.9 g/dl in groups A,B, and C respectively. Mean dose of EPO to achieve target hemoglobin was 120 42.2, 42.6 + 16.2 and 36.6 + 11.1 U/Kg/week in groups A, B, and C respectively. Our observation illustrates that once weekly s.c. EPO is equally effective as i.v. EPO albeit at reduced dose and hence saving costs substantially without compromising patient care. Also, it maintains hemoglobin in target range in patients already stabilized on i.v. EPO.

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