Phenylephrine use for blood sparing during splenectomy in a dog

26 Sep 2018

Hughes, J., Raszplewicz, J.

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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.