The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is now offering a range of tests for atypical myopathy (also known as seasonal pasture myopathy and sycamore poisoning) as part of its work to improve diagnosis, management and treatment of this often fatal disease.
Horses suspected of having atypical myopathy and their field companions can now be tested for the causal toxin, hypoglycin A and its principle metabolite (MCPA-carnitine). These samples must be submitted by a vet.
Samples submitted to Rossdales Laboratories for other testing can be referred to the RVC for testing if indicated (please contact us to discuss sample requirements and handling).
Owners themselves can now submit plant samples (sycamore seeds, seedlings and leaves) if they have concerns about trees on their property. Full details are available here.
If you suspect a case of atypical myopathy, contact your vet immediately.
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