Rethinking Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome

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Two articles were published by B.W. Sykes and J.M Jokisalo in Equine Veterinary Education that covered equine gastric ulcer syndrome. The first article, “the term equine squamous gastric ulcer syndrome (ESGUS) was used to describe disease of the squamous gastric mucosa with clinical signs and diagnosis discussed.”

Part 1 was titled “Rethinking equine gastric ulcer syndrome: Part 1 – Terminology, clinical signs and diagnosis” and can be found on Wiley.com for rent or purchase. Following is the summary of the first article.

Summary

"Equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS) is a common condition in the horse. A series of recent articles highlighting differences in healing of squamous and glandular ulceration have reinvigorated interest in the condition. The purpose of this series of articles is to review the current thinking on EGUS with particular emphasis on the differences between diseases of the squamous and glandular mucosae. This article, the first will review the terminology, clinical signs and diagnosis of EGUS in the horse."

The second article was titled “Rethinking equine gastric ulcer syndrome: Part 2 – Equine squamous gastric ulcer syndrome (ESGUS)” and can also be found on Wiley.com for rent or purchase.

Summary

"It has recently been highlighted that significant differences in prevalence, risk factors and the response to treatment exist between ulceration of the squamous gastric mucosa and ulceration of the glandular gastric mucosa in the horse. In the first article in the series, the term equine squamous gastric ulcer syndrome (ESGUS) was used to describe disease of the squamous gastric mucosa with clinical signs and diagnosis discussed. The purpose of this article is to review the pathophysiology, risk factors, prevalence, treatment and prevention of ESGUS."

Authors

B. W. Sykes, BW Sykes Consultancy, Upper Orara, New South Wales, Australia; J. M. Jokisalo, Animagi Equine Hospital, Hyvinkää, Finland.