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Has anybody encountered resistance in using EPO for cardiac surgery patients when hemoglobin is greater than 12?

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asked May 23, 2012 in Conditions and Treatments by Jan B. Wade (4,930 points)
retagged Jun 4, 2012 by LarryEitel

The Hematologist told my father (I was with him) that giving EPO to a patient with normal hemoglobin risks causing blood clots/stroke.

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Yes definitely.  Insurance companies will not reimburse unless certain criteria is met.  So, typically the Hgb has to be less then 11 Hgb before the drug would be reimbursed.  We don't have the time usually with cardiac surgeries to wrestle with the insurance companies.  It's not always the best thing for the patient to have hemoglobin above 12.
answered May 23, 2012 by jlvarisco (2,070 points)

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