Genetics of Equine Neurologic Disease

Lisa Edwards, Carrie J. Finno

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Neurologic disease in horses can be particularly challenging to diagnose and treat. These diseases can result in economic losses, emotional distress to owners, and injury to the horse or handlers. To date, there are 5 neurologic diseases caused by known genetic mutations and several more are suspected to be heritable: lethal white foal syndrome, lavender foal syndrome, cerebellar abiotrophy, occipitoatlantoaxial malformation, and Friesian hydrocephalus. Genetic testing allows owners, breeders, and veterinarians to make informed decisions when selecting dams and sires for breeding or deciding the treatment or prognosis of a neurologic animal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)255-272
Number of pages18
JournalVeterinary Clinics of North America - Equine Practice
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2020


  • Ataxia
  • Horse
  • Inherited
  • Paresis
  • Seizure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Equine


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