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Phenylephrine use for blood sparing during splenectomy in a dog
  1. Jodie Hughes1 and
  2. Joanna Raszplewicz2
  1. 1 Small Animal Clinical Science, University of Liverpool, Neston, UK
  2. 2 Small Animal Clinical Science, University of Liverpool School of Life Sciences, Neston, UK
  1. Correspondence to Jodie Hughes; jodieh{at}


A dog with immune-mediated haemolytic anaemia was presented for splenectomy. Phenylephrine administration immediately before the removal of the spleen induced splenic contraction and significantly elevated packed cell volume. This technique conserved red blood cells and may be beneficial in euvolaemic animals to reduce the likelihood of a transfusion being required in the event of surgical haemorrhage.

  • anaesthesia
  • dogs
  • surgery
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  • Contributors Both authors contributed to the writing of this manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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