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Aust Vet J. 1989 Oct;66(10):324-6.

Haematological and biochemical reference values for the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus).

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Department of Veterinary Pathology, University of Sydney, NSW.


Haematological and biochemical reference values were established from 45 clinically healthy koalas. Statistical analysis revealed no significant differences for sex and season of sampling. Immature koalas had significantly higher alkaline phosphatase and inorganic phosphate values, and significantly lower total protein concentrations due to low globulins values. Enzyme reference values tended to be wide and could limit their usefulness in detecting disease. In the reference values for leukocytes, neutrophils and lymphocytes, the inclusion of low values which were not actually seen may interfere with the detection of reduced levels due to disease.

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