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Oestrone Sulphate

Pregnancy diagnosis

Oestrone sulphate testing is the most reliablemeans of pregnancy diagnosis in the mare from approx 100 to 310 days. Increased concentrations of oestrone sulphate indicate a viable foetus and concentrations will drop immediately if foetal death occurs. Oestrone sulphate concentrations can decrease in late pregnancy and can give a negative result in mares in late pregnancy. A non-pregnant mare has an oestrone sulphate concentration of < 5 ng/ml. The concentration in a pregnant mare is typically > 20 ng/ml and generally around 100 ng/ml.

Cryptorchid (rig) identification

The equine testis produces ten times the quantity of oestrogen compared with testosterone and it is therefore much easier to differentiate a cryptorchid from a gelding by measuring serum oestrone sulphate rather than testosterone. This test is not recommended in horses less than 3 years of age and donkeys, which will require testosterone assay after stimulation with hCG.

Species:

Equine

Specimen:

Serum

Container:

Plain tube

Collection protocol:

Standard venepuncture