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J Feline Med Surg. 2014 Jun;16(6):473-82. doi: 10.1177/1098612X13511811. Epub 2013 Nov 13.

Feline reference intervals for the Sysmex XT-2000iV and the ProCyte DX haematology analysers in EDTA and CTAD blood specimens.

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1
Department of Clinical Sciences, University of Toulouse, Institut National Polytechnique - Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Toulouse (INP-ENVT), France f.granat@envt.fr.
2
Department of Clinical Sciences, University of Toulouse, Institut National Polytechnique - Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Toulouse (INP-ENVT), France.
3
Department of Functional and Biological Sciences, University of Toulouse, Institut National Polytechnique - Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Toulouse (INP-ENVT), France.

Abstract

Laser-based haematology analysers are routinely used in veterinary clinical pathology laboratories, and are available to practitioners. However, feline haematological reference intervals (RIs) determined according to international recommendations are, to our knowledge, not available. Furthermore, platelet count RI is difficult to establish in cats because of the frequent occurrence of platelet aggregation in blood specimens. The purpose of this study was to establish feline haematological RIs with the Sysmex XT-2000iV and ProCyte DX analysers, in ethylenediamine tetra-acetic acid (EDTA) and in citrate, theophylline, adenosine and dipyridamole (CTAD), which is a combination of anticoagulants limiting platelet aggregation. Blood specimens from 120 healthy cats were analysed in duplicate, and the degree of platelet aggregation was assessed on blood smears. After exclusion of inadequate specimens, 81 sets of results (from 44 males and 37 females, aged from 6 to 116 months) were available for the determination of RIs by the non-parametric method. The effects of the anticoagulant, analyser and aggregation score were assessed. When the aggregation effect was significant, the RIs were determined using the subgroup of blood specimens with no or little aggregation. The effects of sex, age and weight were also investigated, but were moderate. The different RIs obtained with the Sysmex XT-2000iV and ProCyte DX analysers, and the two anticoagulants, were very similar to previous RIs established in EDTA with the ADVIA 120, another laser-based analyser, except for the platelet count in CTAD specimens. Its lower reference limit was higher in CTAD vs EDTA specimens, which confirms the interest in this anticoagulant in cats.

PMID:
24226754
DOI:
10.1177/1098612X13511811
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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