A novel bone marrow-sparing treatment for primary erythrocytosis in a cat: Onion powder

Demitria M. Vasilatis, Jennifer E. McGill, Chen Gilor

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Abstract

Primary erythrocytosis (PE) is a rare myeloproliferative neoplasm in cats resulting in the overproduction of erythrocytes. Current treatment modalities include repeated phlebotomy and chemotherapeutic drugs. These treatments may not be well tolerated by the cat and can present safety and financial challenges to owners. Because of the rarity of PE, prospective studies for new treatment options are difficult to perform. This case report describes the novel use of onion powder in an attempt to produce Heinz body-induced erythrocyte destruction in order to decrease total erythrocyte mass and normalize the hematocrit in a cat with PE. To our knowledge, the use of onion powder in the treatment of PE in cats has never been described before and may have potential as a safe, low-cost, and highly accessible alternative treatment for this rare disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1977-1980
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Volume35
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2021

Keywords

  • clinical pathology
  • feline
  • oncology
  • onion
  • polycythemia vera
  • primary erythrocytosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)

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