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Role of chronic disseminated intravascular coagulation in a case of canine angiostrongylosis
  1. I. K. Ramsey, BVSc, PhD, CertSAM, MRCVS1,
  2. J. D. Littlewood, MA, BVSc, DVR, CertSAD, PhD, MRCVS2,
  3. J. K. Dunn, MA, BVMS, MVetSci, DSAM, MRCVS1 and
  4. M. E. Herrtage, MA, BVSc, DVD, DVR, DSAM, MRCVS1
  1. 1 Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 OES
  2. 2 Centre for Small Animal Studies, Animal Health Trust, PO Box 5, Newmarket CB8 7DW

Abstract

A dog whose major clinical signs suggested a coagulopathy, is described. The dog had a history of bleeding episodes and had a severe regenerative anaemia. By using specific factor assays, the coagulopathy was found to be due to a consumptive intravascular process that resembled chronic disseminated intravascular coagulation. Subsequent investigations identified Angiostrongylus vasorum as the cause.

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