Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from the University of Edinburgh, "Histological features of EPD included ulceration and neutrophilic inflammation of the gingival epithelium. Mononuclear and eosinophilic inflammation of the gingival lamina propria and submucosa was commonly present irrespective of the presence or degree of periodontal disease. Gingival hyperplasia was present to some degree in all horses, and was only weakly associated with the degree of periodontal disease. In all horses dental plaque was present at the majority of sites examined and was often associated with histological evidence of peripheral cemental erosion. Bacteria (including spirochaetes in four horses) were identified in gingival samples by Gram and silver impregnation techniques and were significantly associated with the presence of periodontal disease. This is the first study to describe histological features of EPD, and the first to identify associated spirochaetes in some cases. Histological features were variable, and there was considerable overlap of some features between the normal and diseased gingiva."
For more information on this research see: Histopathological lesions associated with equine periodontal disease. Veterinary Journal, 2012;194(3):386-91. (Elsevier - www.elsevier.com; Veterinary Journal - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/623077)
The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting A. Cox, Veterinary Pathology Unit, University of Edinburgh, Easter Bush Veterinary Centre, Roslin, Midlothian EH25 9RG, UK.
Keywords for this news article include: Europe, Midlothian, United Kingdom, Veterinary Research.
Our reports deliver fact-based news of research and discoveries from around the world. Copyright 2013, NewsRx LLC
NewsRx also is available at LexisNexis, Gale, ProQuest, Factiva, Dialog, Thomson Reuters, NewsEdge, and Dow Jones.