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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2010

Thromboelastography in a cat with steroid responsive thrombocytopenia

Öberg, Josefine; Tvedten, Harold


Abstract A Devon Rex cat was presented for bruises, petechie, and ecchymoses. Marked thrombocytopenia was the only primary abnormality noted on initial hematology and other testing. Thromboelastography and clinical signs supported the conclusion that this was a true thrombocytopenia. Use of optical platelet counting to detect large platelets and prostaglandin E1 to prevent platelet aggregation ruled out pseudothrombocytopenia. Exclusion of likely causes of thrombocytopenia and a rapid response to immunosuppressive doses of prednisolone suggested this was an immune-mediated thrombocytopenia. Signs of bleeding returned when the prednisolone dosage was decreased, and the platelet count again increased rapidly to an increased dosage. Thromboelastography showed marked hypocoagulability and may be useful to differentiate true thrombocytopenia from pseudothrombocytopenia, which occurs commonly in cats



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Comparative Clinical Pathology
2010, volume: 19, number: 1, pages: 429-431
Publisher: Springer-Verlag

Authors' information

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Universitetsdjursjukhuset
Bagarmossen Animal Hospital
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, University Animal Hospital
Strömsholm Referral Animal Hospital

UKÄ Subject classification

Veterinary Science
Animal and Dairy Science

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