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Factor VII deficiency
Factor VII deficiency is a form of canine hemophilia.
Factor VII (Proconvertin) deficiencies are not normally associated with disease as hemostasis is initiated only by FVIIa bound to tissue factor, which constitutes only approximately 1% of total amount of the FVII protein existing in the blood. Therefore, any resulting bleeding defect is normally mild.
Newborn pups have a very low plasma level of Factor VII and spontaneous and inherited deficiencies have been reported in the Airedale Terrier, Alaskan Malamute, Alaskan Klee Kai, Beagle, Giant Schnauzer and Scottish Deerhound. Although largely an asymptomatic defect, this autosomal recessive hemostatic disorder, can lead to excessive bleeding after surgery or trauma, hematoma formation, body cavity bleeding, and persistent uterine and vaginal hemorrhage.
Canine coagulation factor VII deficiency can be hereditary or acquired and may cause life threatening bleeding episodes if untreated.
A canine specific factor VII ELISA is available to diagnose this condition.
Treatment usually involves use of frozen fresh plasma or recombinant factor VII is available in life-threatening situations.
Use of recombinant factor VII offers only a temporary solution because the half-life of FVII protein is only 3 - 4 hours and, in canines, treatment with human proteins raises concern about antibody responses to those proteins, thus potentially limiting further therapy.
Gene therapy has shown promise recently, but has been complicated by the canine immune response to adeno-associated viral gene transfer vector capsid proteins used in canine patients.
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