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Equine Practice
Common peripheral nerve disorders in the horse
  1. Caroline Hahn

    Caroline Hahn qualified at the University of Florida in 1991 and completed an internship in equine neurology and orthopaedic surgery at the Animal Health Trust, Newmarket. After a year working as an interim large animal medicine resident at Purdue University in the USA, she moved to the University of Edinburgh to complete a residency and PhD in equine neurology. She subsequently spent a year at the University of Sydney training in small animal neurology before returning to the ‘Dick’ to direct the Neuromuscular Disease Laboratory. She is board certified by the European College of Equine Internal Medicine and the European College of Veterinary Neurology.


WITH rare exceptions, horses are largely unaffected by the plethora of developmental, degenerative and metabolic axonopathies and myelinopathies that perplex neurologists in human and small animal medicine. Nevertheless, selected equine peripheral nerve syndromes are not uncommon. A detailed neurological examination is an absolute prerequisite to localising peripheral neuropathies and determining the underlying aetiology of these syndromes. This article describes disorders affecting cranial and other peripheral nerves in the horse, and discusses the diagnosis, treatment and prognosis for each condition.

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