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Steroid Responsive Meningitis Arteritis

March 10th, 2020

We are learning more and more about steroid responsive meningitis arteritis (SRMA). This article published in JSAP (2019) by Spence et al. highlights that a significant number of dogs with SRMA also had cardiac abnormalities, including decreased fractional shortening, increased left ventricular dimensions, spontaneous echocontrast, pericardial effusions and increased cardiac troponins. Most of these abnormalities resolved with appropriate treatment for SRMA. However, in some cases where there was a clinical response noted for neck pain etc, the change in fractional shortening and left ventricular dimensions did not always resolve.