A prospective study of the association of anemia and thrombocytopenia with ocular lesions in dogs

Michal Shelah-Goraly, Itamar Aroch, Philip H Kass, Yaron Bruchim, Ron Ofri

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Abstract

This prospective study was conducted to evaluate the prevalence and severity of ocular lesions in dogs with anemia (packed cell volume ≤ 20%) and/or thrombocytopenia (platelet count < 150,000/μL). Dogs were divided into four groups: (1) anemic (n = 17); (2) thrombocytopenic (n = 36); (3) anemic and thrombocytopenic (n = 24); and (4) healthy controls (n = 26). The prevalence of ophthalmic lesions in these four groups was 12%, 42%, 42% and 0%, respectively. Anemia was not associated with the presence of ocular lesions (P = 0.41) or their severity. Thrombocytopenia was significantly associated with the presence of ocular lesions (P = 0.0016) and with their severity (P = 0.017). We conclude that thrombocytopenia, but not anemia, is associated with ocular lesions in dogs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-192
Number of pages6
JournalVeterinary Journal
Volume182
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2009

Keywords

  • Canine
  • Hematology
  • Hyphema
  • Platelets
  • Retinal detachment
  • Retinal hemorrhage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • veterinary(all)

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