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    10-27-2009, 08:39 AM
Green Broke
Exclamation Pemphigus Follaceus...

That's what it appears T may have. Vet took two biopsy's Monday to confirm. It's an autoimmune disease, no cure. What I've researched doesn't look good as far as treatment and outcome, one possibilities is lametitis (sp?), and discomfort (pain) for my girl.

My mind is whirling right now while waiting for the results and than the recommendations from my vet. Right now the uveitis looks so minor and manageable to me. :(

Has anyone out there dealt with this disease, and do you have any insight or advice for me? How do you make a decision when one of them might be to euthanize? Sorry , I have to go now, can't see the screen anymore from crying. Sorry.
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    10-27-2009, 10:29 AM
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Oh no! *hugs*
I don't know what to say that would be helpful so I won't say anything but just know that we're here for you.
    10-27-2009, 10:32 AM
This condition is often very treatable in dogs but I am not sure about horses. No there is no cure but the treatment for dogs is steroids which are very cheap. I will pick the brains of my professors today, particularly the immunology professor who is an equine vet, and see what he thinks about outcome. Don't lose hope yet, I'm sorry you're going through this.
    10-27-2009, 08:07 PM
Ok, well granted I have never seen your horse and also am not a veterinarian (yet!) but I did talk to some equine vets at the teaching hospital today about pemphigus follaceus in horses and they have seen some very good results with treatment. Of course your vet will have a lot more info on your horse's particular case especially once the biopsies are back but it is not a death sentence so please don't start thinking euthanasia.

The treatment is steroids and will have to be life long, so you need to think about how committed you are to your horse, and as you mentioned the steroids can predispose him to laminitis, but it is extremely affordable and easy to treat. I hope that this new information gives you some hope and that you are feeling a little better about the potential diagnosis. Best of luck!
    10-27-2009, 08:54 PM
Green Broke
Thank-you Wallaby and Tealamutt for the encouragement. The results won't be in until Monday or Tuesday of next week. I'm praying it is an odd version of bact. Infection , but it seems to fit the textbook description of P.F. My vet is being very cautious about any treatment until results in. We're glad we did the biopsy's so we won't be randomly treating.

I just want to do what's right for my mare. She's my dream horse and we've adjusted (her easier then me ;) ) to the loss of sight. Now this, and the thought that she's in any pain is very upsetting to me. She's a very stoic girl, so the signs of pain are very subtle with her. I guess when I heard one of the risks to treatment could be laminitis I felt like a ton of bricks was dropped on me. I've seen horses suffering from this, and to think she would have to go through that as well overwhelmed me.

I guess, like you said, I shouldn't make any hasty decisions until all the facts and results are in. Then I'll weigh everything out with my vet and try to come to the best decision for T.

Interestingly was that the vet told me she is in very good condition for her age, doesn't look or act 20. He said she could live for another 10 - 15 years. There was a time that would have been music to my ears, but now I'm not sure, if it means she is going to be battling this disease.

But, I will try not to project. I need to breath and wait. I've got tomorrow off and I think I'll take my girl for a walk in hand down one of our favorite trails. Enjoy this time with her. Thanks for "calming" me down. I guess my vet should have given me a bit of the tranquilizer!
    10-27-2009, 09:05 PM
I just wanted to say how sorry I am - I am sending hugs - please keep us informed.

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