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Dietary hyperparathyroidism in a herd of Andalusian horses
Hyperparathyroidism is a rare phenomenon in equine practice. In this article, a complete herd showed signs of a secondary hyperparathyroidism due to a mineral imbalance in the diet (low calcium and high phosphorus intake). All age groups were affected - even a three week-old suckling foal showed severe problems.

The herd of Andalusian horses clinical history and the laboratory findings were compatible with a diagnosis of Mares showed a marked increase in serum parathyroid hormone (PTH) approximately 10 times normal levels.

Serum PTH was marginally elevated in foals.

Clinical signs (unthriftiness, painful joints, lameness in one or more limbs, and stiff gait) were more pronounced in foals than in mares.

Two foals died and necropsy of one of them revealed extensive soft-tissue mineralization of arterial walls and pulmonary parenchyma.

Clinical signs in mares and foals resolved by 4 weeks after diet adjustment.


Source: J. C. Estepa, E. Aguilera-Tejero, R. Zafra, R. Mayer-Valor, M. RodrÍguez and J. Perez (2006): An Unusual Case of Generalized Soft-Tissue Mineralization in a Suckling Foal. In: Vet Pathol 43:64-67 (2006)



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Limbal squamous cell carcinoma in a Rocky Mountain Horse and geneticsmembers
One privately owned Rocky Mountain Horse and 84 Rocky Mountain Horses screened for allelic frequency were enrolled in this study. The objective: To document a case of limbal squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) in a Rocky Mountain Horse stallion determined to be homozygous for the genetic risk factor (DDB2 c.1013C>T) strongly associated with the disease in Haflinger and Belgian horses, and to determine the frequency of this allele in a larger population of Rocky Mountain Horses.

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