Animal Health

HorseThere are a number of research articles posted demonstrating the use of plasma viscosity in the early diagnosis and prognosis of infections in equine health. In addition, many allude to the use of PV to assess the competitive health of thoroughbreds.

The following selected paper summaries demonstrate a few examples where researchers have used plasma viscosity measurements to support their investigations. Links to the articles will open a new page to the journal entry.


Relationship between paired plasma and serum viscosity and plasma proteins in the horse.
: .V.Allen, D.J. Blackmore. Equine Research Station of the Animal Health Trust, Newmarket CB8 7DW
Article link: Research in Veterinary Science 1984, 36,360-363

This study reviewed the relationship between paired plasma and serum viscosity measurements and plasma proteins, including fibrinogen in 106 horses with both normal and abnormal serum protein levels. The researchers found that there is a highly significant positive correlation between serum viscosity and total serum proteins and total globulin levels


 A Study of 10 cases of focal peritarsal infection of severe lameness in the Thoroughbred racehorse:clinical signs, differential diagnosis, treatment and outcome.
Authors: R.C.Pilsworth and M.J.Head Newmarket
Article link:Equine Veterinary Journal (2001) 33 (4) 366-370


Haematological measurements as an aid to early diagnosis and prognosis of respiratory viral infections in thoroughbred horses
Authors: D K Mason, K L Watkins, J T McNie, C M Luk
Article link :    The Veterinary Record (1990)  126(15):359-63


Whole blood, plasma viscosity, and erythrocyte aggregation as a determining factor of competitiveness in standard bred trotters
 Authors: B. Stobier, C.Zach, B Izay, U. Windberger. Institute for Biomedical Research, University of Vienna, Austria Veterinary Praxis Dr. Constanze Zach, 1020 Vienna Austria
Article link :  Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation :  Vol. 32; No. 1/2005