Effects of hemolysis on plasma electrolyte and chemistry values in the common green iguana (Iguana iguana)

Keith G. Benson, Joanne R Paul-Murphy, Peter MacWilliams

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Abstract

Hemolysis of serum and plasma samples is a common problem in veterinary diagnostic laboratories. We measured the effects of hemolysis on nine plasma analytes in 10 clincally normal common green iguanas (Iguana iguana). Blood samples with moderate and marked hemolysis were produced from each iguana by freezing, centrifuging, and decanting plasma from a portion of each blood sample, and combining the nonhemolyzed plasma with different amounts of hemolyzed plasma from the same individual. Moderate hemolysis significantly increased plasma phosphorus levels. Marked hemolysis significantly increased plasma values of potassium, phosphorus, total protein, and aspartate aminotransferase. The severity of hemolysis must be considered when interpreting values for these analytes in iguana plasma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)413-415
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
Volume30
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1999
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Clinical chemistry
  • Common green iguana (Iguana iguana)
  • Electrolytes
  • Hemolysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • veterinary(all)

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