After her yearly physical exam, a 45-year-old woman is told by her doctor that she has a hematocrit of 60%. What is one potential explanation? Recall that normal hematocrit is 45%. Select one: a. Her pituitary gland is secreting too much ADH. b. She recently received an injection of erythropoietin. c. She is not obtaining enough iron from her diet. d. She drank too much water and is overly hydrated. e. Her kidney is not releasing as much erythropoietin as it should.
e. Her kidney is not releasing as much erythropoietin as it should.
The high hematocrit than normal occurs when dehydration like condition persist and it primarily can be seen when red blood cells disorder occurs like anemia and polycythemia.The higher release of the ADH from pituitary cause the excessive water retention in the body and doesn't get passed through urine.The erythropoietin hormone produced by the kideny triggers the production and maintainance of the red blood cells ,which might have caused the higher the hemocrit value.
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