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Vitamin E-Coated Dialysis Filters Help Fight Anemia in Hemodialysis Patients

says Dr. Cruz. The use of synthetic EPO, along with intravenous iron, has been a major advance in the treatment of hemodialysis-related anemia, yet low blood counts continue to be a problem for many dialysis patients.

"We were gratified to see that the use of newer vitamin E-coated filters, which were designed to reduce oxidative stress, had visible clinical benefits," Dr. Cruz concludes. "Our patients' red blood cell counts improved within the first six months, and they needed much lower doses of synthetic EPO." With further research, vitamin E-coated filters could become a simple and practical way of reducing a common and important complication of hemodialysis.

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