The University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory performs genetic testing for PSSM type 1 and malignant hyperthermia (MH) on hair or purple toped EDTA tubes.
IMPLICATIONS OF GENETIC TESTING
Sometimes genetic testing does not provide a "yes" or "no" answer. The test may reveal a gene change, but cannot always predict with certainty whether a horse will develop a disease, how severe the condition will be, or when symptoms will appear. In other words, the significance or meaning of a certain test result may not be completely clear. This is not specific to PSSM but is true of genetic testing in general in many species.
Please click here for information on genetic testing.
Click here for an article on considerations for genetic testing previously published in Modern Equine Vet. www.modernequinevet.com
Muscle Biopsy Testing
The Neuromuscular Diagnostic Laboratory offers a specialized muscle biopsy diagnostic service for horses. Samples are processed through the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.
For forms and shipping information click here Biopsy Submission.
Information on this site is intended for information purposes for veterinarians to guide in the diagnostic work up of muscle diseases. Owner-diagnosis and owner-treatment of horses is not recommended, and may indeed be dangerous. Owners must consult their veterinarian before implementing any of the treatment recommendation described.