Elizabeth Rozanski, DVM, DACVECC, DACVIM (SA-IM)
Tufts University, North Grafton, MA
The platelet has recently undergone an expansion of interest, as understanding of their role in hemostasis, inflammation and healing is being further elucidated. Platelets are clearly important in primary hemostasis and a lack of platelets or platelet dysfunction is commonly clinically significant. The focus of this talk is two-fold- The first is to discuss the preparation and uses of platelet-rich plasma for management of thrombocytopenia or thrombocytopathia, while the second is to discuss the emerging role of platelet-rich plasma, platelet-rich gels, and platelet concentrates in supporting wound healing.