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EQUINE DISEASE: MYOPATHY
Equine Myopathy is the term given to damaged muscle fibres. There are many reasons why muscle fibres will fail to function correctly, but all result in muscle weakness, stiffness and cramps. The name myopathy is a general name given to any disease that originates in the muscle fibres. There are various types of myopathies in different species, but namely where equine diseases are concerned, there are two main types still undergoing research. These are PSSM – Polysaccharide storage myopathy and Exertional myopathy.
SYMPTOMS OF THE DISEASE EQUINE MYOPATHY
CAUSES OF EQUINE MYOPATHY DISEASE
- PSSM Myopathy: ‘Polysaccharide storage myopathy’ is a serious equine disease with little hope of recovery. To date it remains incurable. It varies drastically in different breeds of horse. Thoroughbreds seem to be the least affected. It is an area of research that is still undergoing study but so far it has been established that the overproduction of glycogen is considered to be the underlying cause of this form of equine myopathy.
TREATMENT OF EQUINE MYOPATHY
These various treatments have been suggested for the treatment of many different types of myopathy.