Successful treatment of a hemodialyzed patient with pure red
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A 42-year-old man with end-stage renal failure had been receiving hemodialysis therapy since April 2009. Initially, darbepoetin alfa was administered to treat his renal anemia. After treatment was switched to epoetin beta pegol, the patient’s haemoglobin levels rapidly decreased. He was diagnosed with pure red cell aplasia (PRCA) based on the results of a bone marrow examination. Epoetin beta pegol was strongly suspected to be the cause of the PRCA, and although he tested negative for anti-epoetin beta pegol antibodies, epoetin beta pegol was discontinued and cyclosporine therapy was initiated. Thereafter, his haemoglobin levels increased, and his anemia dramatically improved after 3 months...

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