Viscoelastic testing, such as thromboelastography or thromboelastometry, is performed on whole-blood samples, which include both soluble plasma factors as well as blood cells and platelets bearing tissue factor and phospholipid. This methodology allows identification of fibrinolysis and can provide analysis of platelet function. Viscoelastic testing has become increasingly accessible and popular in emergency and critical care settings in recent years and can provide important information for the diagnosis and management of patients with hemostatic disorders. This article discusses the principles and interpretation of viscoelastic testing, application to small animal emergency and critical care medicine, and potential advantages and disadvantages.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||Veterinary Clinics of North America - Small Animal Practice|
|State||Published - Nov 2020|
- Clinical pathology
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Small Animals