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In rabbits, thrombocytopenia is caused by the lack of formation of platelets (eg benzimidazole toxicity, chemotherapy), or excessive consumption of platelets, eg sepsis, severe blood loss. Prognosis is often poor when the cause is not easily identified in cases with a lack of formation of platelets. Prognosis is fair to good if only moderate consumption of platelets has occurred.

Written by David Perpiñán DVM MSc PhD DipECZM(Herpetology) MRCVS
Reviewed by Lesa Thompson BVM&S DZooMed(Mammalian) MRCVS