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Open Access Type-3 von Willebrand's Disease in a Rhesus Monkey (Macaca mulatta)

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Severe type-3 von Willebrand's disease (vWD) was diagnosed in a young male rhesus monkey that had excessive bleeding from minor wounds. Plasma samples from the monkey had no detectable quantitative or functional von Willebrand factor (vWF), low Factor-VIII coagulant activity, and moderate prolongation of activated partial thromboplastin time. Testing of the affected monkey's extended family revealed a likely hereditary basis for the vWD, in that the sire and a paternal half-sister had markedly reduced plasma vWF concentration. Fresh whole blood was transfused to control frequent bleeding episodes throughout the monkey's life. Although vWD is the most common inherited bleeding disorder in humans and dogs, this is the first report of vWD in a nonhuman primate.

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Affiliations: 1: Division of Comparative Medicine, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139 2: New England Regional Primate Research Center, Harvard Medical School, Southborough, Massachusetts 01772; Biogen, Inc., 14 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142 3: Comparative Coagulation Section, Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Science, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853

Publication date: August 1, 2002

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  • Comparative Medicine (CM), an international journal of comparative and experimental medicine, is the leading English-language publication in the field and is ranked by the Science Citation Index in the upper third of all scientific journals. The mission of CM is to disseminate high-quality, peer-reviewed information that expands biomedical knowledge and promotes human and animal health through the study of laboratory animal disease, animal models of disease, and basic biologic mechanisms related to disease in people and animals.

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