Blood doping is a method of increasing athletic performance by artificially increasing an athlete's red blood cell (RBC) count. Because red blood cells carry oxygen to the muscles, having a higher RBC count can dramatically improve an athlete's aerobic capacity and delay fatigue.
- EPO treatment following severe traumatic brain injury improves functional recovery.
- EPO treatment decreases serum neuron specific enolase and S-100β protein.
- EPO treatment is not associated with thromboembolic events or severe infections.