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Four cases of equine polysaccharide storage myopathy in the United Kingdom
  1. C. M. McGowan1,
  2. N. J. Menzies-Gow1,
  3. J. C. Patterson-Kane2 and
  4. A. M. McDiarmid3
  1. 1 Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Royal Veterinary College, Hawkshead Lane, Hatfield AL9 7TA
  2. 2 Department of Pathology and Infectious Diseases, Royal Veterinary College, Hawkshead Lane, Hatfield AL9 7TA
  3. 3 Peasebrook Equine Clinic, Little Buckland, Broadway, Worcestershire WR12 7JH

Abstract

This paper describes four cases of equine polysaccharide storage myopathy which were confirmed by histological examination of muscle biopsy specimens. The horses were of mixed breeding, with warmblood and thoroughbred dominating. They all had recurrent episodes of rhabdomyolysis, indicated by clinical signs and increased plasma levels of muscle enzymes. They were managed conservatively and have continued athletic careers despite their disease.

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