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The Effect of Testosterone on Erythropoietin Levels in Anemic Patients

  1. N. RISHPON-MEYERSTEIN, M.D., Resident in Hematology,
  2. T. KILBRIDGE, M.D., Staff Physician,
  3. J. SIMONE, M.D., and
  4. W. FRIED, M.D., Chief, Hematology Section
  1. Department of Medicine, VA West Side Hospital and the Department of Medicine and Pediatrics, University of Illinois College of Medicine.
  2. VA West Side Hospital, Chicago, Illinois. On leave from Kupat-Holim, (General Sick Fund), Israel.
  3. Formerly Instructor in Pediatrics, University of Illinois College of Medicine. Present Address: Staff member St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Tennessee, Memphis.
  4. Department of Medicine, VA West Side Hospital, Chicago, Illinois and Assistant Professor Department of Medicine, University of Illinois College of Medicine.

Abstract

Studies in five patients with various types of anemias have shown that testosterone can increase plasma erythropoietin levels in humans. We suggest that testosterone stimulates erythropoiesis in some anemic patients by this mechanism.

  • Submitted August 14, 1967.
  • Accepted October 15, 1967.