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Rhabdomyolysis: A big word for big horse trouble

11:58 AM, May 11, 2013
Wes Elford
Wes Elford
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Rhabdomyolysis is the name of a syndrome involving a disease of the muscle cells of the horse. Other words for rhabdomyolysis are "tying up," "Monday morning disease" and "azoturia."

Symptoms of the disease show up after a horse has been worked fairly hard. Symptoms include cramped and swollen muscles and dark, coffee-colored urine due to the presence of myoglobin, a pigment from muscle breakdown.

The muscles involved most often are those over the rump (the croup) and loin area that become rock hard and visibly swollen. Any muscle of the horse's body used for locomotion can be involved, ...

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