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INTAS POLIVET
Year : 2020, Volume : 21, Issue : 2
First page : ( 514) Last page : ( 517)
Print ISSN : 0972-1738. Online ISSN : 2249-8796.

Ataxia - Cystitis syndrome in equine

Randhawa S.N.S.1,*, Singh Randhir2

Department of Teaching Veterinary Clinical ComplexCollege of Veterinary Sciences, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary Sciences University (GADVASU)Ludhiana - 141004 (Punjab)

1Ex-Director of Research-Cum-Dean, PGSCollege of Veterinary Sciences, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary Sciences University (GADVASU)Ludhiana - 141004 (Punjab)

2Assistant Professor (Veterinary Medicine) College of Veterinary Sciences, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary Sciences University (GADVASU)Ludhiana - 141004 (Punjab)

*Corresponding author. E-mail: sarnarinder@gmail.com

Online Published on 20 April, 2022.

Abstract

Ataxia-Cystitis syndrome in equine is associated with feeding of Sorghum spp. which is responsible for chronic cyanide toxicity. Due to certain environmental factors like periods of rapid lush growth and seasons of medium/high rainfall the cyanogenic glycoside content increases manifold and ingestion of such forage leads to development of the syndrome. Clinical signs include ataxia of hind limbs followed by incontinence, dribbling of urine and scalding of skin around buttock. Diagnosis is reached by history of ingestion/grazing over offended forage along with clinical signs of ataxia of hind quarter, urine scalding and rectal dilatation. Treatment in chronic cases is usually unrewarding but in very early disease course treatment with antibiotics, Sodium nitrite, Sodium thiosulphate and cobalt chloride along with withdrawal of offending forage may help to reduce the severity of syndrome.

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Keywords

Ataxia, Cyanide, Cystitis, Incontinence, Sorghum.

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