Bleeding in racehorses

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  • Published: 1 Jan 2000

  • Author(s): Slocombe, Ron, Professor

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Exercise-induced pulmonary haemorrhage (EIPH) is a condition that occurs in almost all horses that compete. Although the basic mechanisms that lead to EIPH are now well understood, an understanding of these mechanisms has not led to new ways to prevent or treat EIPH. Large volumes of haemorrhage into lungs are known to severely affect performance but the minimum volume of blood that affects performance has not been determined. The effects of the presence of blood, especially at these minimum volumes, on lung structure was unknown.