Role of platelets in the pathogenesis of canine endotoxin shock

A. H.L. From, J. S.C. Fong, T. Chiu, R. A. Good

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Endotoxin platelet interactions are thought to be of major importance in the response of dogs and other species to bacterial endotoxin; the mechanisms postulated are: the release of vasoactive substances, the formation of occlusive platelet aggregates, and induction of intravascular coagulation. The role of platelets in canine endotoxin shock was examined in animals with thrombocytopenia induced by estrogen pretreatment (< 10,000 platelets/mm3) and in controls. After intravenously administered endotoxin, the hemodynamic responses, mortality, and gross necropsy findings were similar in both groups. These data indicate that endotoxin platelet interactions are not determinative in the pathogenesis of canine endotoxin shock.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1591-1594
Number of pages4
JournalInfection and immunity
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1976


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