An increase in the blood hemoglobin concentration was found in four of five patients on chronic hemodialysis following subtotal parathyroidectomy performed for the treatment of incapacitating osteodystrophy. In a sixth hemodialyzed patient, there was a striking increase in the hemoglobin level following treatment with 1alpha-hydroxycholecalciferol with suppressed parathyroid overactivity. It is concluded that surgical or "chemical" parathyroidectomy seems to be associated with improvement of the anemia of patients with chronic renal failure.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Israel Journal of Medical Sciences|
|State||Published - 1 Mar 1978|