|Sample Requirement||Turnaround Time|
3-5 working days
Foals between the ages of 4 and 7 months, often weanlings, that develop sudden and marked depression, weight loss, subcutaneous oedema and sometimes diarrhoea, have been identified with proliferative enteropathy caused by Lawsonia intracellularis infection. This life-threatening infection causes thickening of the small intestinal mucosa, which leads to protein-losing enteropathy.
The Lawsonia intracellularis serology (IPMA) test helps to support exposure to the organism, rather than confirming disease. Individual or paired serum samples can be useful for investigation of suspected cases when combined with clinical signs, serum albumin and PCR testing for faecal shedding of the organism.
The Lawsonia intracellularis IPMA test has been used to assess the epidemiology of the disease on premises, and may have value in developing strategic vaccination protocols.