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Can Vet J. 2010 February; 51(2): 122.
PMCID: PMC2808276

Hemotropic mycoplasma in cats — A reply

Dear Sir,

Professor Viroj Wiwanitkit has valid observations with regards to the limitations of retrospective studies, the lack of consistent workup to ensure there were no co-etiologies of anemia in the study cats, and lack of PCR data to determine the infecting species in most of the study cats. We shared these concerns and addressed them in the last 3 paragraphs of the discussion section of the paper and I quote: “Limitations to this retrospective study include the lack of standardization regarding diagnoses and treatments as well as the method used to determine the total number of anemic cats,” and “It is difficult to be certain that HM infection was the definitive cause of the anemia in all 23 of the HM cases in this study. Hemotropic mycoplasma infection may have been incidental or one of many factors contributing to anemia in some of the cats.”

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