All work was completed at the Colorado State University Veterinary Medical Center and at the Colorado State University Department of Pathology.
Antiphospholipid Antibodies in Dogs with Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia, Spontaneous Thrombosis, and Hyperadrenocorticism
Article first published online: 10 APR 2012
Copyright © 2012 by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Volume 26, Issue 3, pages 614–623, May-June 2012
How to Cite
Miller, A.G., Dow, S., Long, L. and Olver, C.S. (2012), Antiphospholipid Antibodies in Dogs with Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia, Spontaneous Thrombosis, and Hyperadrenocorticism. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 26: 614–623. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-1676.2012.00922.x
This study was presented in part in abstract form at the joint 59th Annual Meeting of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and the 43rd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology held November 15–19, 2008 in San Antonio, TX.
- Issue published online: 2 MAY 2012
- Article first published online: 10 APR 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 28 FEB 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 30 DEC 2011
- Manuscript Received: 4 AUG 2011
- Morris Animal Foundation. Grant Number: D05CA-089
- Antiphospholipid syndrome;
- Beta-2 glycoprotein 1;
- Lupus anticoagulant;
The pathophysiology of thrombus formation in canine IMHA and other diseases remains unclear. Antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) are an important cause of thrombosis in humans and might cause thrombosis in dogs.
Dogs with IMHA, spontaneous thrombosis, and hyperadrenocorticism will have increased levels of aPL and lupus anticoagulants (LA), compared with healthy and sick dogs.
Thre aPL were measured in healthy controls (n = 40–45); sick dogs without thrombosis (n = 86); IMHA (n = 37); spontaneous thrombosis (ST, n = 11); and hyperadrenocorticism (n = 17). Four groups of dogs were also tested for the presence of LA: healthy controls (n = 40); sick dogs without thrombosis (n = 13); IMHA (n = 13); and ST (n = 5).
Prospective cohort study. Dogs were tested for aPL by an ELISA and for LA by the dilute Russell's Viper venom time (dRVVT). Median values were compared by Kruskal–Wallis (aPL) or ANOVA (LA), and an odds ratio for development of thrombosis in dogs positive for aPL was calculated.
aPL are uncommon in healthy dogs. A total of 13/86 sick dogs without thrombosis, 7/37 dogs with IMHA, 1/11 dogs with ST, and 3/17 dogs with HAC were positive for protein binding-dependent aPL. There was no significant difference in the number of dogs positive for aPL for any of the study groups, and there was no increased risk for thrombosis in dogs positive for aPL. No dogs had LA.
Our preliminary research does not support a strong role for aPL for the development of thrombosis in dogs with IMHA and other thombotic diseases, although future studies are warranted.