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Objective—To characterize the pharmacokinetic disposition of carboplatin and determine whether glomerular filtration rate (GFR) could be used to predict carboplatin clearance and myelotoxic effects in cats with tumors.

Animals—10 cats with tumors.

Procedure—Glomerular filtration rate was assessed in each cat by monitoring plasma clearance of technetium Tc 99m-labeled diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (99mTc-DTPA). Each cat received carboplatin (200 mg/m2 of body surface area) administered as an IV bolus. Plasma platinum concentrations were measured via atomic absorption spectrophotometry, and pharmacokinetic analysis was performed. A CBC was performed weekly for each cat, and the correlation between the area under the concentration-versus-time curve (AUC) and the severity of myelosuppression was calculated. Least squares regression analysis was performed to determine whether GFR could be used to predict plasma platinum clearance (ClPt).

Results—For all cats, AUC measurements ranged from 0.99 to 4.30 min·mg·mL–1. Neutrophil concentration nadirs were detected 1 to 3 weeks after treatment and ranged from 200 to 8,000 cells/µL. The absolute neutrophil concentration at the nadir was inversely correlated with AUC. The ClPt was predicted by use of GFR measurements (ClPt = 2.60 × GFR). A carboplatin dose prescription model was derived involving AUC, estimated ClPt, and body weight in kilograms (BWkg), in which dose = AUC × 2.60(GFR) × BWkg.

Conclusions and Clinical Relevance—In cats, an individualized prescription strategy for carboplatin administration based on a targeted AUC and determination of GFR might more uniformly predict myelosuppression than that predicted by conventional dosing based on body surface area. (Am J Vet Res 2004;65:1502–1507)

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To determine systemic and local platinum concentrations released from subcutaneously implanted cis-diamminedichloroplatinum (cisplatin)-impregnated polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) and to evaluate systemic or local adverse reactions.


6 healthy dogs.


Cisplatin (20 mg) was inserted into PMMA that was fashioned into cylinders and placed into subcutaneous tissue chambers overlying the thorax (treated site). An empty tissue chamber was placed over the opposite side (control site). Plasma samples were obtained for platinum determination before implantation, at 3, 6, and 12 hours after implantation on day 0, and once daily on days 1, 2, 3, 7, 14, 21, and 29. At similar times on similar days, tissue chamber fluid samples also were obtained for platinum determination. Complete blood count, serum urea nitrogen and creatinine concentration determinations, and urinalyses were performed on days 1, 2, 3, 7, 14, 21, and 29. Complete necropsy was performed at conclusion of the study.


Tissue chamber platinum concentrations at the treated site were significantly greater than plasma and control site tissue chamber concentrations on days 2, 3, 7, 10. Mean plasma platinum concentration at 3 (0.735 µg/ml), 6 (0.691 µg/ml), 12 (0.534 µg/ml), 24 (0.131 µg/ml), 48 (0.2 µg/ml), 72 (0.1 µg/ml), and 158 (0.014 µg/ml) hours was significantly greater than pretreatment values (0.0 µg/ml). Plasma platinum concentration 10 days after treatment (0.011 µg/ml) did not significantly differ from pretreatment values. Local or systemic adverse reactions were not apparent.


The route of cisplatin administration was safe. Greater concentration of platinum was released locally relative to plasma concentration for an extended period. (Am J Vet Res 1999;60:280–283)

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