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Myelofibrosis in a bone marrow core biopsy from a dog with non-regenerative immune-mediated hemolytic anemia[1]
Myelonecrosis in a dog due to ehrlichiosis[2]

Myelofibrosis (myeloid metaplasia, myelosclerosis) is a disorder of bone where the marrow is replaced by scar (fibrous) tissue, due to a proliferative response by bone-marrow fibroblasts[3].

Myelofibrosis has been classified in human medicine as either primary or secondary depending on the underlying etiology, but only secondary myelofibrosis has been reported in the dog.

Bone marrow necrosis has also been reported in the dog due to Ehrlichia spp, estrogen therapy, cephalosporins and idiopathic causes. Most dogs with myelonecrosis have secondary myelofibrosis[4].

Causes of myelofibrosis in dogs include, in order of importance:

Affected dogs usually present with a normocytic, normochromic nonregenerative anemia, neutropenia and thrombocytopenia.

Diagnosis requires multiple bone marrow core biopsies and histological examination of other organ tissue samples, confirming the increased presence of fibrosis within bone marrow spaces and increased extramedullary hematopoiesis in other organs such as the liver and spleen.

There is no specific treatment for this condition apart from long-term prednisolone, erythropoietin and addressing the underlying cause of this disease.

In severely anemic dogs, whole blood transfusions of fresh frozen plasma may be required as a palliative strategy to forestall a demise.

Development of new protein kinase inhibitors has shown promise at treating myelofibrosis secondary to lymphoma[13].


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  13. William AD et al (2011) Discovery of the macrocycle 11-(2-pyrrolidin-1-yl-ethoxy)-14,19-dioxa-5,7,26-triaza-tetracyclo[,6).1(8,12)]heptacosa-1(25),2(26),3,5,8,10,12(27),16,21,23-decaene (SB1518), a potent Janus kinase 2/fms-like tyrosine kinase-3 (JAK2/FLT3) inhibitor for the treatment of myelofibrosis and lymphoma. J Med Chem 54(13):4638-4658