What is erythropoietin?
Erythropoietin (EPO) (also known as haematopoietin) is a hormone produced and released by the kidneys. It encourages red blood cell (RBC) production from the bone marrow and is released at low oxygen levels (hypoxia). Elevated or reduced levels of EPO in the blood may indicate certain medical conditions. Elevated EPO levels are associated with a kidney tumour or increased RBC production (polycythemia), whilst reduced levels are associated with anaemia. EPO is also abused as a performance-enhancing drug which can cause higher EPO levels.
Why take the test?
This test measures the level of EPO in the blood and can be used to distinguish the type of polycythemia or anaemia.
How it works
Purchase your Kit
Just order a test online and get your kit delivered right to your door unless you are ordering a COVID-19 Fit to Fly test where you will be given appointment options to attend our clinics across the United Kingdom for a nose and throat swab PCR test at the checkout stage.
Take your test and post
Follow our simple instructions to take your sample and post back the enclosed prepaid envelope to our accredited lab for processing. We also offer home or workplace visits by a qualified nurse. For COVID-19 Fit to Fly tests you must attend one of our partner clinics for our trained collection officers to take your sample. You will then have the results emailed to you.
Get results directly to your dashboard
You will receive an email notification from our medical team when your results are available on your secure personalised health dashboard.
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