Steroid-Responsive Meningitis in a Male Spitz Dog
World Small Animal Veterinary Association World Congress Proceedings, 2006
S.J. Aldavood, M. Saberi, D. Shirani, N. Khorami, S. Mokaram
Veterinary faculty of University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

Steroid-responsive meningitis-arthritis is an immunopathological disease in dogs. Typically are characterized by neutrophilic pleocytosis and an elevated protein concentration of the cerebrospinal fluid. A 5-year old male spitz dog presented because of neck pain and cervical rigidity. There was no significant clinical response when referring veterinary surgeon prescribed systemic antibiotic therapy and aspirin as a first clinical approach. CSF Analysis showed increased protein concentration and neutrophilic pleocytosis. Cultures of the CSF remained sterile. These findings, in combination with declining markers of CSF infection, are consistent with sterile meningitis. Corticosteroid therapy improved clinical signs but Recurrence developed with steroid stopping. Longer term corticosteroid therapy for duration of 4 months resulted complete improvement without any relapse.

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S.J. Aldavood
Veterinary faculty of University of Tehran
Tehran, Iran

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