What are the morbidity and mortality associated with anemia of chronic disease and renal failure?

Updated: Apr 13, 2020
  • Author: Gates B Colbert, MD, FASN; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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The morbidity and mortality depend greatly on the underlying etiology of the patient's anemia as well as the stage of the disease. In fact, in individuals with advanced stages of CKD, the etiology of anemia tends to be multifactorial (eg, decreased RBC production due to lack of erythropoietin, increased RBC destruction due to hemolysis [intravascular or extravascular], as well as increased blood loss due to multiple venipunctures for an array of indications).

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