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Companion Animal Practice
Getting results in clinical pathology 2. Pros and cons of in‐clinic haematological testing
  1. Mark Pinches

    Mark Pinches graduated from Bristol in 1995, and spent eight years in general practice, both in the UK and abroad, before completing an MSc in wild animal health at the Royal Veterinary College, London. He is currently the Axiom clinical training scholar in clinical pathology at Bristol.

Abstract

HAEMATOLOGICAL testing is used both for routine health monitoring and as an aid to diagnosis. An erythrogram provides information about the oxygen‐carrying capacity of the blood, the health of the bone marrow and many other disease processes. A leukogram, meanwhile, provides information about immune system function, the presence of inflammation and infection, and can even raise the suspicion of endocrinopathy or neoplasia. Haematology analysers have replaced manual methods of evaluation in many veterinary clinics, but it should be remembered that, in some instances, the results produced may not provide all the answers to a diagnostic problem. This article reviews a number of haematology analysers commonly used in practice and discusses their limitations to help clinicians critically assess the output from such systems.

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