By William E. Feeman III, DVM
Anesthesia is a term that strikes fear into the hearts of many greyhound owners and may make them hesitant to pursue necessary medical treatments requiring anesthetizing their pet. One of the origins of that fear is a condition called malignant hyperthermia (MH). Some greyhound owners may have already lost a pet to MH or know someone who has. Others may think their pet has suffered from an episode of malignant hyperthermia when in fact they have not.
Defining malignant hyperthermia
Malignant hyperthermia is a rare genetic disorder of skeletal muscle resulting in the mutation of a calcium channel protein within the muscle cells. This mutation causes muscle contraction and increased metabolism, which leads to the production of not only ...
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