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Is there a correlation between raised erythropoietin and thrombotic events in sickle-cell anaemia?
Publication types: Comparative Study ; Journal Article ; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't ; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
Children with sickle-cell anaemia are predisposed to thrombotic strokes, the aetiology of which is unclear. We propose that erythropoietin, produced in response to chronic anaemia, is responsible for changes in platelet reactivity with a resulting increase in thromboses. This hypothesis is based on reports of enhanced aggregability of erythropoietin-driven platelets and an increased rate of thrombosis in patients receiving large doses of recombinant erythropoietin. Experiments in animals have shown that erythropoietin stimulates synthesis of platelets, that erythropoietin-driven platelets are hyper-reactive compared with age-matched control platelets, and that erythropoietin is pro-thrombotic. These data suggest that erythropoietin-dependent changes in platelet reactivity may potentiate thrombosis in sickle-cell anaemia, particularly in children who, compared with adults, have markedly higher erythropoietin concentrations and incidence of strokes.
Adult, Anemia, Sickle Cell/blood, Anemia, Sickle Cell/complications, Animals, Case-Control Studies, Cerebrovascular Disorders/etiology, Child, Erythropoietin/administration & dosage, Erythropoietin/adverse effects, Erythropoietin/</QualifierName> <QualifierName MajorTopicYN="N" UI="Q000627">, Humans, Platelet Activation/physiology, Platelet Aggregation/physiology, Recombinant Proteins, Thrombosis/etiology
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