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Compend Contin Educ Vet. 2011 Apr;33(4):E6.

Exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage in horses: the role of pulmonary veins.

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Michigan State University, USA.


While airway endoscopy and bronchoalveolar lavage are the methodsof choice for diagnosing exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH), these techniques do not allow accurate evaluation of the severity of bleeding. EIPH pathology is characterized by occlusive remodeling of pulmonary veins. Affected veins have large collagen deposits in their walls, which reduces their lumens. In the caudodorsal regions, pulmonary vein wall remodeling is associated with hemosiderin accumulation, bronchial circulation angiogenesis, and fibrosis of the alveolar interstitium, bronchovascular bundle, septa, and pleura. During exercise, venous occlusion increases regional pulmonary capillary pressure, likely causing capillary rupture and resulting in bleeding.

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