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Equine degenerative myeloencephalopathy: prevalence, impact, and management

Authors Burns EN, Finno CJ

Received 15 February 2018

Accepted for publication 1 May 2018

Published 7 September 2018 Volume 2018:9 Pages 63—67

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/VMRR.S148542

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Young Lyoo


Erin N Burns, Carrie J Finno

Department of Population Health and Reproduction, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California-Davis, Davis, CA, USA

Abstract: Equine neuroaxonal dystrophy/equine degenerative myeloencephalopathy is an inherited neurodegenerative disorder affecting many horse breeds. Clinical signs include a symmetric ataxia and an abnormal stance at rest, similar to cervical vertebral compressive myelopathy, equine protozoal myeloencephalitis, and equine herpesvirus 1 myeloencephalopathy. This review will provide an update on the disease prevalence, management, impact, and ongoing research.

Keywords: ataxia, α-tocopherol, horse, vitamin E, gestation, foal, pasture

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