Journal article

Screening for Autologous Blood Transfusions

J Morkeberg, B Belhage, M Ashenden, A Borno, K Sharpe, MH Dziegiel, R Damsgaard

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE | GEORG THIEME VERLAG KG | Published : 2009

Abstract

The ratio between the amount of hemoglobin in the mature erythrocyte population and the reticulocytes (RBCHb:RetHb ratio) has previously been suggested as a marker to screen for EPO-abuse. We speculated that the reinfusion of blood would lead to a marked increase in this ratio, making it a valuable parameter in the screening for autologous blood doping. Three bags of blood (approximately 201+/-11 g of Hb) were withdrawn from 16 males and stored at either -80 degrees C (-80 T, n=8) or +4 degrees C (+4 T, n=8) and reinfused 10 weeks or 4 weeks later, respectively. Seven subjects served as controls. Different erythrocyte parameters were measured on a hematological analyzer serially throughout a..

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We give special thanks to the volunteer subjects as well as Mogens Bidstrup, Connie Hansen and Jose Salado Jimena for processing the blood and Henrik Jorgensen for data analysis. This study was supported by World Anti Doping Agency (WADA), United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) and Anti Doping Denmark (ADD).