The September issue of EVJ will contain two important articles on Atypical Myopathy (AM) by Dr Gaby Van Galen and colleagues. Analysing 600 cases that were reported to the Atypical Myopathy Alert Group in Europe between 2006 and 2009, 354 AM cases were identified. Risk factors for the condition included the presence of dead leaves, wood or trees on pastures, sloping pastures, full-time pasture access and no food supplementation. Overall survival was 26%. A positive outcome was associated with cases remaining standing, normothermia, normal mucous membranes, defaecation and vitamin and antioxidant therapy.

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