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October 1, 1982

Erythropoietin and Pregnancy

JAMA. 1982;248(13):1581. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330130029018

To the Editor.—  The patient described by Lehman and Alcoff in their article "Pure Red Cell Hypoplasia in Pregnancy" (1982;247:1170) is reminiscent of two patients that we described in abstract form' and more completely at the American Society of Hematology meeting in New Orleans, in December 1966. These patients had anemias during pregnancy that were characterized by decreased erythropoiesis, normal red cell survival, and sharply reduced urinary erythropoietin levels, all of which became normal following delivery. Further studies on the relationship between erythropoietin and pregnancy were planned, but circumstances prevented their performance. It might be useful to reconsider this relationship utilizing current technology.