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Editorial
‘New Forest syndrome’: first pieces of the puzzle
  1. Stefano Cortellini, DVM, MVetMed, DACVECC, MRCVS and
  2. Karen Humm, MA, VetMb, CertVA, DACVECC, DipECVECC, FHEA, MRCVS
  1. Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and Services, Royal Veterinary College, Hawkshead Lane, North Mymms, Hertfordshire AL9 7TA, UK
  1. e-mail: khumm{at}rvc.ac.uk

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IN THE past two to three years, there has been much interest surrounding the apparent emergence of a disease commonly known to the general public as ‘New Forest syndrome’. There are many similarities between this disease and a disorder previously described in the USA, which was often referred to as ‘Alabama rot’, although there are differences in clinical presentation between this and New Forest syndrome (Carpenter and others 1988, Herzke and others 1995). It could be argued that both diseases should more correctly be named cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV) based on their histopathological features, rather than their geographic distribution. Many clients will have read articles in the popular press regarding New Forest syndrome and its high morbidity and mortality, leading to concerns which veterinary surgeons may have had difficulty addressing given the lack of information available other than anecdote.

The article by Holm and others (2015), summarised on p 384 of this issue of Veterinary Record is therefore a major step forward, by both providing vets with information regarding presenting signs of affected animals and also by characterising the disease in more detail. The former aspect is obviously important, as we need to recognise dogs that may have CRGV. The main clinical features described are often vague, but cutaneous and/or oral lesions in conjunction with acute kidney injury (AKI) …

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