Muscle hemodynamics in hereditary myopathy of Labrador retrievers

Am J Vet Res. 1988 Jul;49(7):1127-30.


Morphologic lesions seen in six 8-month-old Labrador Retrievers with hereditary myopathy were predominantly small- and large-group atrophy of muscle cells of all fiber types. The dogs were intolerant of exercise and fatigued rapidly. An isolated gracilis muscle preparation was used to study the hemodynamic features of the microvasculature. Isogravimetric capillary pressure as well as arterial and venous pressures in the isolated gracilis muscle preparation obtained during maximal vasodilatation were within the range reported for healthy, mixed-breed dogs, as were precapillary, postcapillary, and total vascular resistances. Capillary filtration and osmotic reflection coefficients were not different from those reported in other studies on healthy dogs. All measurements and calculations were repeated during reperfusion, subsequent to a 4-hour period of global ischemia. Postischemic vascular responses were similar to the pattern previously reported in healthy dogs. These studies did not support the hypothesis of a vascular defect as a cause of hereditary myopathy in Labrador Retrievers.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Blood Pressure
  • Dog Diseases / genetics*
  • Dog Diseases / pathology
  • Dog Diseases / physiopathology
  • Dogs
  • Female
  • Hemodynamics*
  • Ischemia / veterinary
  • Male
  • Muscles / blood supply*
  • Muscular Diseases / genetics
  • Muscular Diseases / pathology
  • Muscular Diseases / physiopathology
  • Muscular Diseases / veterinary*
  • Regional Blood Flow
  • Staining and Labeling
  • Thigh
  • Vascular Resistance