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1 September 2004 COMPARISON OF THE EFFECT OF DIPOTASSIUM ETHYLENEDIAMINETETRAACETIC ACID AND LITHIUM HEPARIN ON HEMATOLOGIC VALUES IN THE GREEN IGUANA (IGUANA IGUANA)
Christopher S. Hanley, Stephen J. Hernandez-Divers, Shay Bush, Kenneth S. Latimer
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Abstract

We compared the effects of dipotassium ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) and lithium heparin on hematologic values of green iguanas (Iguana iguana). Thirty-two privately owned sibling iguanas had blood drawn, and the sample was divided into three components: an EDTA tube, a heparin tube, and a nonanticoagulated blood smear. A full reptilian complete blood count was performed on each anticoagulated sample, and white blood cell (WBC) and leukocyte differential counts were performed on the whole-blood smears. Heparin and EDTA samples differed significantly in absolute values of thrombocytes, WBC, heterophils, and monocytes. The EDTA had no significant effect on the packed cell volume or plasma protein values, and the white blood count and differential counts produced with EDTA were more similar to those of the nonanticoagulated blood smear than were the counts produced with heparin.

Christopher S. Hanley, Stephen J. Hernandez-Divers, Shay Bush, and Kenneth S. Latimer "COMPARISON OF THE EFFECT OF DIPOTASSIUM ETHYLENEDIAMINETETRAACETIC ACID AND LITHIUM HEPARIN ON HEMATOLOGIC VALUES IN THE GREEN IGUANA (IGUANA IGUANA)," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 35(3), 328-332, (1 September 2004). https://doi.org/10.1638/03-057
Received: 25 June 2003; Published: 1 September 2004
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