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1. WO1988003808 - PROCEDE POUR TRAITER UN EXCES DE FER

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WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1. A method for reducing stored iron and serum iron in a mammal having an iron overload disorder comprising administering to the mammal a therapeutically effective amount of erythropoietin and phlebotomizing the mammal to remove excess red blood cells.

2. A method according to Claim 1 wherein the erythro- poietin is recombinantly produced erythropoietin.

3. A method according to Claim 2 wherein the therapeutically effective amount of recombinantly
produced erythropoietin is equal to or greater than 15 units/kg body weight.

4. A method according to Claim 3 wherein the therapeutically effective amount of recombinantly
produced erythropoietin is from about 50 to 300
units/kg. body weight.

5. A method for reducing stored iron and serum iron in a mammal having an iron overload disorder comprising phlebotomizing the mammal to reduce hemocrit levels and administering a therapeutically effective amount of erythropoietin to restore the hemocrit level.

6. A method according to Claim 5 wherein the erythropoietin is recombinantly produced erythropoietin.

A method according to Claim 6 wherein the therapeutically effective amount of recombinantly
produced erythropoietin is equal to or greater than 15 units/kg. body weight.

8. A method according to Claim 7 wherein the therapeutically effective amount of recombinantly produced erythropoietin is from about 50 to 300 units/kg. body weight.