What is included in the treatment of 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 preferred initial form of therapy for anemia of chronic illness is treatment of the underlying disease. Erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) and blood transfusions are reserved for severe and symptomatic cases. Administration of ESAs is usually best done under the auspices of a hematologist or nephrologist, who may be more informed regarding the latest guidelines on the uses of such agents, as well as for insurance policy coverages.

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