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Increased Hematocrit Due to Electrical-Waveform Exposures in Splenectomized Sus scrofa

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Journal Article - Open Access

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Aair Force Research Laboratory, 711th Performance Wing Joint Base San Antonio United States

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In laboratory studies of the pig Sus scrofa, hematocrit has consistently increased after conducted-electrical-weapon CEW exposures, possibly due to contraction of the spleen. Splenectomized animals and intact sham control animals were exposed, each for 30 sec, to a benchtop-produced electrical waveform of net charge levels similar to those of some CEWs. Changes in the blood were compared statistically .Hematocrit increased significantly in both splenectomized and sham animals. There were no significant main-effect differences between values of hematocrit from the two groups. There were, however, significant interactive effects of time and splenectomy for hematocrit, red blood cell count, and hemoglobin. After peak values were reached for these variables, values returned toward baseline levels more slowly in splenectomized animals. This may have been due to the lack of a spleen to sequester red blood cells thereby resulting in more cells remaining in the general circulation, unlike sham animals with intact spleens.

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  • Directed Energy Weapons
  • Anatomy and Physiology

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