Here's an extension study report on a subset of 8 of the original Austrian
EPO study.

The sample numbers are too small and the article too brief to really add any
clarity or fresh insight on EPO as a treatment.


 Neurological effects of recombinant human erythropoietin in Friedreich's
 ataxia: A clinical pilot trial.

 Department of Neurology, Innsbruck Medical University, Innsbruck, Austria.

 In a "proof-of-concept" study, we demonstrated that recombinant human
 erythropoietin (rhuEPO) increases frataxin levels in Friedreich's ataxia
 (FRDA) patients. We now report a 6-month open-label clinical pilot study
 safety and efficacy of rhuEPO treatment in FRDA. Eight adult FRDA patients
 received 2.000 IU rhuEPO thrice a week subcutaneously. Clinical outcome
 measures included Ataxia Rating Scales. Frataxin levels and indicators for
 oxidative stress were assessed. Hematological parameters were monitored
 biweekly. Scores in Ataxia Rating Scales such as FARS (P = 0.0063) and
 (P = 0.0045) improved significantly. Frataxin levels increased (P = 0.017)
 while indicators of oxidative stress such as urine 8-OHdG (P = 0.012) and
 peroxide levels decreased (P = 0.028). Increases in hematocrit requiring
 phlebotomies occurred in 4 of 8 patients. In this explorative open-label
 clinical pilot study, we found an evidence for clinical improvement
 with a persistent increase of frataxin levels and a reduction of oxidative
 stress parameters in patients with FRDA receiving chronic treatment with
 rhuEPO. Safety monitoring with regular blood cell counts and parameters of
 iron metabolism is a potential limitation of this approach. (c) 2008
Movement Disorder Society.
 PMID: 18759345 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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