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Hematologic

This is a Blood condition.

Congenital Macrothrombocytopenia

What is Congenital Macrothrombocytopenia?

This is a benign disorder of platelet production that leads to abnormally large, sparse platelets. Affected dogs typically do not suffer any ill effects from the size or number of their platelets, but their reduced number of platelets on a routine blood panel can be concerning. As such, dogs with inherited macrothrombocytopenia are often unnecessarily subjected to a number of diagnostic tests and medications to rule out an underlying cause of their macrothrombocytopenia, including diseases of infectious, inflammatory, autoimmune, or toxic origins.

What are the signs & symptoms that develop in affected dogs?

As this condition does not cause any clinical disease, you will not notice any signs of it at home.

When do signs and symptoms develop?

Dogs are born with this disorder, but it is often not recognized unless your veterinarian performs certain blood tests.

How do vets diagnose this condition?

On routine blood work (CBC), your vet may note a low platelet number confirming the diagnosis.

How is this condition treated?

No treatment is required for this condition.