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Haematological characteristics of injured western ringtail possums (Pseudocheirus occidentalis)

Clark, P. and Bradshaw, F. (2007) Haematological characteristics of injured western ringtail possums (Pseudocheirus occidentalis). Comparative Clinical Pathology, 16 (3). pp. 187-192.

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Haematological data from 12 western ringtail possums with tissue trauma resulting from motor vehicle impact or dog bite wounds were analysed. The greatest concentration of neutrophils observed was 7.22 × 109/l. Morphological atypia of neutrophils was evident in four animals. Four animals had significant anaemia, and three animals exhibited increased erythropoiesis (6–17.2% polychromatophilic erythrocytes). The study illustrates that marked neutrophilia is unlikely to occur in response to trauma-induced tissue inflammation in this species. However, marked increases in immature erythrocytes may be observed in the peripheral blood in response to anaemia.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: Springer Verlag
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