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Thromboelastography - an important diagnostic tool also in veterinary medicine?
This interesting question was answered after the authors went through the data sources (including scientific reviews and original research publications) in human and veterinary medicine: thromboelastography (TEG) seems to be an important tool for measuring hypercoagulability, hypocoagulability, and fibrinolysis in both fields.

Human data synthesis: TEG in humans has been used for documentation of hypercoagulable and hypocoagulable states and has been shown to be beneficial in patient management.

Veterinary data synthesis: Clinical evaluation of TEG in veterinary medicine is limited; however, recent reports have documented evidence of hypercoagulability in dogs with parvovirus and protein-losing nephropathy. Additionally, many of the research models may be relevant to veterinary patients.

Conclusions: TEG provides information about coagulation that is not available through routine coagulation tests. The application of TEG monitoring to veterinary patients shows promise; however, prospective clinical studies are needed.




Source: Donahue, Suzanne M. & Otto, Cynthia M. (2005): Thromboelastography: a tool for measuring hypercoagulability, hypocoagulability, and fibrinolysis. In: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care 15 (1), 9-16.




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