The Latest on Supporting-Limb Laminitis
Barbaro’s story brought this often-fatal condition to the forefront of many equestrians’ minds. His struggles also brought laminitis researcher Andrew van Eps, BVSc, PhD, MACVSc, Dipl. ACVIM, back from his native Australia in 2016 to the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet), in Kennett Square, to further his research. He was a resident when the colt stayed at the hospital in 2006 and early 2007.
“Despite significant recent advances in our ability to treat complicated fractures and other painful limb conditions in horses, supporting-limb laminitis remains a primary limiting factor to treating these cases,” said van Eps, now an associate professor of equine musculoskeletal research at Penn Vet. “Although the severity and duration of lameness are considered risk factors, the development of SLL is still unpredictable, both in terms of timing and also with respect to which cases will succumb to it.”
Researchers have considered multiple possible mechanisms for SLL development, he said, such
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