According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders, the first line of treatment of anaemia in the cases of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is treating any underlying conditions that may be causing the anaemia, such as an iron or vitamin deficiency. If your anaemia is mild and you have few symptoms, you may not need treatment at first. It may ease your symptoms and improve your quality of life.
You may be prescribed an Erythropoiesis-stimulating agent (ESA) to treat your anaemia. ESAs signal your bone marrow to make more red blood cells. If you’re on hemodialysis, you may receive IV or subcutaneous ESAs during your dialysis treatments. If you are on peritoneal dialysis or do not receive dialysis, your health care professional may give ESAs as shots. Sometimes, blood transfusions are given to treat severe anaemia in CKD.
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