Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Arthritis: rheumatoid

Synonym(s): RA, rheumatoid arthritis

Contributor(s): Prof Malcolm Bennett, Eithne Comerford

Introduction

  • Not very common in cats.
  • 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.

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.
  • Carro T (1994) Polyarthritis in cats. Compendium for Continuing Education 16 (1), 57-67 VetMedResource.
  • Lewis R M (1994) Rheumatoid ArthritisVet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract 24 (4), 697-701 PubMed.
  • Bennett D & Nash A S (1988) Feline immune-base polyarthritis: a study of thirty-one casesJSAP 29 (8), 501-523 VetMedResource.


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