[Urinary erythropoietin excretion: an unknown cause of anemia during nephrotic syndrome]

Rev Med Interne. 2006 Aug;27(8):643-5. doi: 10.1016/j.revmed.2006.04.013. Epub 2006 Jun 2.
[Article in French]


Introduction: Nephrotic syndrome (NS) is characterized by an excessive urinary protein excretion.

Case record: A woman, followed-up for NS, present progressive anemia, with no simple explanation. Plasma EPO is low with significant urinary EPO excretion. Treatment with EPO corrects hemoglobin level.

Conclusion: EPO deficiency due to excessive urinary excretion is an underestimated cause of anemia during NS.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Anemia / drug therapy
  • Anemia / etiology*
  • Erythropoietin / administration & dosage
  • Erythropoietin / therapeutic use*
  • Erythropoietin / urine*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Nephrotic Syndrome / complications*
  • Nephrotic Syndrome / diagnosis
  • Nephrotic Syndrome / urine
  • Recombinant Proteins
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Recombinant Proteins
  • Erythropoietin