Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Pets
  3. General Pets

PPID can be Detected in its Earliest Stages

See also

Pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID) is a disease that affects the hormone levels in a horse’s blood. This disease is similar to the human version of Cushing’s disease; however, PPID does not affect the same area of the pituitary gland in horses that Cushing’s affects in humans. This disease is common in older horses. It can cause the horse to lose muscle and energy.

Recently, researchers devised a new plan that can enable veterinarians to detect the disease much earlier in its onset than before. Developed by the Equine Endocrinology Group (EEG), these new guidelines have better diagnostic tests for the purpose of identifying and treating PPID in its earliest stages.

Some horses have the disease but show no symptoms. Diagnostic tests include measurement of adrenocorticotropin hormone (ACTH) – a hormone secreted by the pituitary gland and a dexamethasone suppression test. Dexamethasone is a hormone that normally decreases cortisol levels. Additionally, the EEG guidelines require the veterinarian to order a thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) stimulation test. If the horse has PPID, the TRH test will cause a horse with PPID to release hormones from the pituitary gland at a higher-than-average level. The TRH stimulation test is only effective in the months between December and June.

Reference:

The Horse

Advertisement

Life

  • Transgender cop
    A transgender police officer is stepping down from her position to run for office
    Video
    Political Office
  • Easter eggs
    Craft delicate, hand-painted eggs with flowers and other designs celebrating spring
    Camera
    Easter Eggs
  • Subway message
    Subway customer finds 'Big Mama' written on her order
    Video
    Subway Message
  • Working from home
    Working from home can be an exciting venture. Get tips to ensure productivity
    Camera
    Get Tips
  • Limes
    Rising cost of limes could be putting the squeeze on your favorite restaurant
    Expensive Limes
  • Pope Francis
    Religion: Pope Francis instructs how to fight against Satan
    Morning Mass

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about Examiner.com and apply today!