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Retrospective study of 871 dogs with thrombocytopenia
  1. V. Botsch1,
  2. H. Küchenhoff, DrHabil2,
  3. K. Hartmann, DrMedVet, DrHabil, DipECVIM-CA1 and
  4. J. Hirschberger, DrMedVet, DrHabil, DipECVIM-CA1
  1. 1 Clinic of Small Animal Medicine
  2. 2 Statistical Consulting Unit, Department of Statistics, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Stög 3, 83730 Fischbachau, Germany
  1. Correspondence to Dr Botsch, e-mail:


Eight hundred and seventy-one dogs with thrombocytopenia were divided into the following five categories: immune-mediated thrombocytopenia (49; 5·6 per cent), thrombocytopenia caused by disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) (52; 6·0 per cent), thrombocytopenia caused by miscellaneous disorders (222; 25·5 per cent), neoplasia-associated thrombocytopenia (244; 28 per cent) and inflammatory/infectious thrombocytopenia (304; 34·9 per cent). The incidence of thrombocytopenia among the hospital population was 6·7 per cent. The dogs with immune-mediated thrombocytopenia and thrombocytopenia caused by DIC had significantly (P<0·001) lower platelet counts (median 32·0 x 109/l and 55·0 x 109/l, respectively) than the dogs in the other three categories.

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