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Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency in Cats




Bone marrow transplantation is the only available treatment for PK deficient cats. However, this treatment is expensive and potentially life-threatening.


Living and Management


Cats that undergo a bone marrow transplant may have a normal lifespan. Unfortunately, those that are left untreated will typically die by four years of age as a result of bone marrow or liver failure. Most of these patients develop severe anemia and accumulation of fluid in abdominal cavity (ascites) during the terminal stage of the disease.

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