Medical Definition of EPO test

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

EPO test: A test of the hormone EPO (erythropoietin) level in the blood.

Testing EPO blood levels may be of value in:

  • evaluating anemia (low red blood cell count).
  • or polycythemia (high red blood cell count).
  • Too little EPO might be responsible for too few red blood cells (anemia).
  • Too much EPO might cause too many red blood cells (polycythemia).

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    Reviewed on 12/27/2018

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