Alabama Rot, a.k.a. Cutaneous and Renal Glo-merular Vasculopathy (CRGV) in dogs

Idiopathic cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV), also known as Alabama Rot or Greenetrack Disease, was first described in America in the 1980s. It was originally described as a disease of greyhounds but has since been reported in other breeds.

Only a small number of cases of this unknown disease have been reported in the UK. Indeed a disease resembling Alabama Rot was reported in dogs in the New Forest area between December 2012 and March 2013. Since then other cases have been reported in Surrey, Cornwall, Worcestershire and County Durham. A fifth of the UK cases have survived with aggressive management.

The cause is unknown. Damage to the glomerular endothelium is thought to be an important early event in the pathogenesis of CRGV; there is no specific treatment.

If you would like advice on a possible case (a dog with a skin lesion of unknown cause that subsequently develops azotaemia), please contact VPIS.

More information can be found here: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/alabamarot

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