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Diagnosis and treatment of Equine Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy

Published: 2005-10-05

Brief content of the article
This veterinary review about Equine Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy (EPSM), a recently recognized metabolic condition with a high incidence in many breeds of horses and ponies, provides practical suggestions for diagnosing and (feeding) management of EPSM-horses. The author wrote that clinical signs are variable, but all can be related to underlying skeletal muscle dysfunction. Therapy employing a high fat, high fiber, low-starch, low-sugar diet and as much exercise as possible has proven to be extremely successful in control of this disorder. As EPSM is progressive, early detection and institution of therapy are vital. This article is easy readable and contains practical applied information.
Keywords: Myopathy; polysaccharide; muscle; rhabdomyolysis; HYPP.

Valentine, B.A., 2005. Diagnosis and treatment of equine polysaccharide storage myopathy. J. Eq. Vet. Sci. 25: 52 – 62.

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