Anemia and Chronic Kidney Disease
Plunge into a single drop of blood to see the myriad red blood cell
s that transport oxygen throughout your body. View your lungs and beating heart, and join red blood cell
s in their headlong rush through microscopic capillaries. See your kidneys and their tiny, intricate filtering apparatus. Penetrate deeper still to view the molecule that regulates red blood cell
production, erythropoietin (EPO), produced by the kidneys. Witness firsthand the miracle of a single stem cell developing into multiple red blood cell
s. As kidney tissue deteriorates due to CKD, the kidneys can’t produce enough EPO to stimulate red blood cell
production. The result is anemia. Doctors can help manage anemia with medications, but late-stage kidney disease
patients may have another option: a kidney transplant.