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Evaluating an Athlete for Artificial Erythrocytosis (Blood Doping)

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Orthopedic Surgery

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An athlete with more erythrocytes has a greater oxygen carrying capacity and so can perform better than if s/he had fewer erythrocytes. Attempts to artificially increase an athelete's red blood cell mass is termed "blood doping". This practice has been banned for international sports competition.

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