February 26, 2012

Testosterone deficiency is a cause of anemia and reduced responsiveness to erythropoiesis-stimulating agents in men with chronic kidney disease

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This observational study assessed a) the association between testosterone levels and hemoglobin in nondialysed CKD Stages 1-5 ESA-naive male patients as well as the association between testosterone levels and ESA dose in ESA-treated males undergoing hemodialysis.  CKD patients with lower testosterone values were 5.3 times more likely to be anemic.  In patients undergoing HD, higher ESAs doses were associated with lower testosterone values. This observational data raises the possibility that restoring testosterone levels may enhance anemia management in CKD.

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