Canis ISSN: 2398-2942

Arthritis: rheumatoid

Synonym(s): CRA rheumatoid arthritis

Contributor(s): Prof Malcom Bennett, John Innes

Introduction

  • Chronic, progressive, destructive inflammatory arthropathy, usually affecting several joints.
  • Cause: immune-mediated arthropathy.
  • Signs: stiffness and joint swelling.
  • Diagnosis: radiography.
  • Treatment: immunosuppressive therapy.
  • Prognosis: guarded.

Pathogenesis

Etiology

  • Immune complexes forming as a result of production of immunoglobulin M antibody against self immunoglobulin G.

Pathophysiology

same as immune mediated arthritides.

Diagnosis

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Treatment

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Outcomes

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Coughlan A R, Robertson D H L, Bennett D, May C, Beynon R J & Carter S D (1998) Matrix metalloproteinase 2 and 9 in canine rheumatoid arthritis. Vet Rec 143 (8), 219-223 PubMed.
  • Lewis R M (1994) Rheumatoid Arthritis. Vet Clin North Am 24 (4), 697-701 PubMed.


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