Anemia is the medical term for when a person has too few red blood cells. Red blood cells are the cells in your blood that carry oxygen. If you have too few red blood cells, your body does not get all the oxygen it needs.
"Anemia of chronic kidney disease" is one type of anemia. It can happen in people who have a long-term disease or condition such as arthritis or cancer.
Most people with anemia of chronic kidney disease have no symptoms. They find out they have it after their doctor does blood tests for another reason.
People who do have symptoms might:
Yes. If you have a long-term disease or condition and get the symptoms listed above, tell your doctor or nurse.
Yes. Your doctor or nurse will do different blood tests to check for anemia of chronic kidney disease and other causes for anemia.
It is common for people with anemia of chronic kidney disease to also have another types of anemia such as "iron deficiency anemia”, “folate deficiency anemia” or “vitamin B12 deficiency anemia”.
A large part of the treatment is treatment of the kidney disease itself.
Other treatment depends on your symptoms.
If your anemia of chronic disease is causing symptoms, your doctor might treat it with: