Anaemia of chronic kidney disease: an under-recognized and under-treated problem

G. T. Obrador, B. J. G. Pereira
2002 Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation  
Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) almost invariably develop anaemia, which is associated with increased morbidity and mortality, and reduced quality of life. Anaemia begins early in the course of CKD, and although treatment with erythropoietin is effective, the condition is often under-treated. Because of the growing body of scientific literature on the significant morbidity and mortality associated with anaemia of CKD, a Renal Anaemia Management Period (RAMP) was proposed. This is
more » ... ned as the time after onset of CKD when anaemia develops and requires early diagnosis and treatment. The RAMP was developed to call attention to the need to improve outcomes for patients with CKD and possibly lower the economic burden by correcting anaemia earlier. It is an important opportunity for preventive care and has the potential to limit costs associated with comorbidities of CKD.
doi:10.1093/ndt/17.suppl_11.44 pmid:12386258 fatcat:zue6fngzmrg3jefqgo2ow5u5te