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Anemia

Anemia describes a condition in which the blood does not contain enough red blood cells. These cells are important because they deliver oxygen throughout the body. A person who is anemic typically feels tired. Healthy kidneys make a hormone called EPO (erythropoietin), which stimulates the bone marrow to make red blood cells. Patients with kidney disease may not be able to make enough EPO and are thus prone to anemia. When the blood count gets very low, a blood transfusion is sometimes needed. Patients with kidney disease and anemia can receive injections of EPO, and thus avoid blood transfusions.

Learn more about kidney disease and anemia.