Idiopathic headshaking: Is it still idiopathic?

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The clinical syndrome of equine idiopathic headshaking (HSK) was first described in the veterinary literature over 100years ago, and the disorder continues to be a cause of substantial distress for the horse, frustration for the owner and therapeutic challenge for the veterinarian. This review presents a summary of the current knowledge of clinical signs, signalment, aetiopathogenesis, anatomy, diagnosis and treatment of idiopathic HSK. Recent advances in understanding the pathogenesis of the disease will be discussed with reference to human trigeminal neuralgia, along with the implications this may have for potential therapies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-30
Number of pages10
JournalVeterinary Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2014


  • Head flicking
  • Headshaking
  • Trigeminal nerve
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Trigeminal neurophysiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • veterinary(all)


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