Stop Bugging Me: The Role of the Vector in Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia
24 Oct 2019
Clinical Theater 1
Vector-borne infections are commonly associated with immune-mediated disease in dogs. Anti-RBC and anti-platelet antibodies are common in dogs infected with certain vector-borne disease agents. Anti-nuclear antibodies also occur. Furthermore, clinical and laboratory abnormalities caused by vector-borne diseases are essentially identical to those associated with idiopathic immune-mediated diseases such as immune-mediated hemolytic anemia, immune-mediated thrombocytopenia or immune complex glomerulonephritis. In this session, we will review evidence from previous and current studies that explore the association of vector-borne infections with select immune-mediated diseases in the dog. A problem-oriented approach will be outlined and applied to help the attendee systematically diagnose these complicated cases.