Vets sought for feline pancytopenia study
Vets are being sought for a study into feline pancytopenia following a surge in cases across the UK.
The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) reports that it has seen at least 10 cats with the condition in the last month. The disorder, which often proves fatal, consists of severe leukopenia, thrombocytopenia and anaemia.
Dr Barbara Glanemann, a senior lecturer in transfusion medicine and Emergency Critical Care at the RVC, who is leading the study, said: “Given the rarity of this condition, the clustering of these cases is concerning. Investigations in our cases have not revealed any identifiable underlying cause so far.
“Speaking to several colleagues in general practice and other referral hospitals around the country we are currently aware of about another 40 – 50 affected cats. The cats are severely unwell, have spontaneous bleeding and require often multiple transfusion for stabilisation prior to any investigation being possible.”
Dr Glanemann added that most of the cats had presented with severe generalised bone marrow hypo- to aplasia and that some cats were from the same household.
The RVC is calling on any vets or veterinary nurses that might have recently seen feline pancytopenia cases to complete its online survey. Findings will be used to help identify a common factor among cases to identify any underlying cause.