What is the function of erythropoietin?

Answer:

Erythropoietin is a hormone secreted by the kidneys. Alternatively, it is called, erythropoetin, haemopoietin or haematopoietin.

  • Erythropoietin is a peptide hormone which stimulates the production of RBCs. The process of production of red blood cells is called erythropoiesis.
  • Clinical diagnosis of Erythropoietin levels can be done through EPO Test.
  • An EPO test can help diagnose disorders that may affect red blood cells, such as anaemia and hypoxemia that arises due to chronic lung disease. Moreover, erythropoietin can be synthesized and used to treat some forms of anaemia.

 

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