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Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (CCLM)

Published in Association with the European Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (EFLM)

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Laboratory Screening for Erythropoietin Abuse in Sport: an Emerging Challenge

Giuseppe Lippi / Giancesare Guidi
Published Online: 2005-06-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/CCLM.2000.003


The growing diffusion of banned practice to improve the athletic performances is forcing clinical laboratories to identify and standardize reliable assays to detect potential unfairness. Among the doping practices, the use of recombinant human erythropoietin is becoming fairly popular, due to simplicity and safeties of administration and troublesome detection. The heterogeneous response rate, the presence of a little but significant amount of naturally occurring hormone, the short half-life exhibited by recombinant human erythropoietin and the lack of standardization of commercial assays appear the main problems to overcome. Aim of the present article is to provide a critical review of some of the more widespread laboratory techniques currently available for the screening for erythropoietin abuse in sport.

Published Online: 2005-06-01

Published in Print: 2000-01-08

Citation Information: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine. Volume 38, Issue 1, Pages 13–19, ISSN (Print) 1434-6621, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/CCLM.2000.003, June 2005

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