Chronic progressive lymphedema in draft horses

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Abstract

Chronic progressive lymphedema is a disorder of many draft horse breeds that presents with progressive swelling of the distal portions of the legs. This is associated with scaling, marked dermal fibrosis, and the development of skin folds and nodules. There seems to be a genetic predisposition to altered elastin metabolism and impaired function of the lymphatic system in the distal extremities. Management is palliative and involves keeping the feathers clipped short, treating secondary infections, daily exercise and skin care, hydrotherapy, manual lymph drainage and compression bandaging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)589-605
Number of pages17
JournalVeterinary Clinics of North America - Equine Practice
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2013

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lymphatic system
skin folds
elastin
horse breeds
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lymph
fibrosis
skin (animal)
feathers
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legs
drainage
exercise
Hydrotherapy
Skin Care
horses
Lymphatic System
Feathers
Skin
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Keywords

  • Chorioptes bovis
  • Combined decongestive therapy
  • Compression bandages
  • Draft horses
  • Legs
  • Lymphedema

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Equine

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Chronic progressive lymphedema in draft horses. / Affolter, Verena K.

In: Veterinary Clinics of North America - Equine Practice, Vol. 29, No. 3, 12.2013, p. 589-605.

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