View Full Version : 0% Low Platelet Counts vs. 66% in Comparison Study of 27 Cavaliers

26th September 2008, 08:11 PM
There is a new canine blood platelet measuring device that reportedly is so accurate that it found no low platelet counts in a Swedish study of 27 Cavaliers, led by Dr. Jens Häggström. Until now, nearly all Cavalier platelet studies have concluded that as many as half of all CKCS may have a congenital blood disorder resulting in an abnormally low number of blood platelets but with no resulting health problems. Researchers have named the disorder "idiopathic asymptomatic thrombocytopenia".

Now, however, with this new accurate measuring device, which measures the volume and mass of the platelets, called the "plateletcrit", the Swedish researchers did not find any low platelet counts in any of the 27 Cavaliers' blood, compared to finding that between 52% and 66% of the same dogs had low platelet counts when using more conventional counting methods, including manual counting. See http://www.cavalierhealth.org/platelets.htm for details.

Rod Russell
Orlando, Florida USA

26th September 2008, 09:26 PM
From Cavalierhealth

In view of the 2008 Swedish study's (http://www.cavalierhealth.org/platelets.htm#Plateletcrit) finding of no thrombocytopenia in any of the 27 Cavaliers, could it be that the breed does not suffer from thrombocytopenia, but instead has been the victim of inferior platelet counting methods? Macrothrombocytosis -- oversized platelets -- still were found in this study.If they don't have thromocytopenia, how great is that :rah: