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Prevalence and demographic characteristics of exertional rhabdomyolysis in horses in Australia
  1. F. L. Cole, BVSc1,
  2. D. J. Mellor, BVMS, PhD, MRCVS2,
  3. D. R. Hodgson, BVSc, PhD, DipACVIM, FACSM, MACVSC1 and
  4. S. W. J. Reid, BVMS, PhD, DipECVPH, FRSE, MRCVS2
  1. 1 Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney,Werombi Road, Camden, NSW 2570, Australia
  2. 2 Veterinary Informatics and Epidemiology, Department of Veterinary Clinical Studies, University of Glasgow Veterinary School, Bearsden, Glasgow G61 1QH


The proportion of the horses, of both sexes and of different ages, breeds and levels of activity, owned by a stratified random sample of Australian owners, which had suffered one or more episodes of exertional rhabdomyolysis during the previous 12 months was determined. The proportion in the general population was 1.9 per cent, and horses which exercised were significantly more likely to have experienced the condition than horses which did not. There were significant differences between the sexes and between certain breeds and activity groups in the proportions of horses affected.

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