First Report of Congenital Platelet Disorder in Cats
Vets at UC Davis have diagnosed the first reported case of a cat with a congenital platelet disorder – Glanzmann thrombasthenia (GT). Miao Miao, a four-year-old male domestic shorthair, was brought to the veterinary hospital with clinical signs consistent with a bleeding disorder.
GT causes Miao Miao’s platelets to be nonfunctional and lack expression of the protein integrin, which is important for the formation of blood clots. In humans and dogs, GT is caused by a genetic mutation in the genes responsible for making a platelet protein essential for clot formation.
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