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Can C reactive protein distinguish SRMA from discospondylitis?

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    November 19, 2018 1:09 PM EST

    Question submitted by the audience in our recent webinar: Understanding Steroid Responsive Meningitis-Arteritis and Other Inflammatory Neurological Disorders of Dogs:

    Does C reactive protein help to distinguish SRMA from discospondylitis? 

    Answer by: Karen R. Muñana, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology):

    C reactive protein is elevated in SRMA, but can also be elevated in discospondylitis. Other tests would be more helpful in distinguishing between the 2 disorders; radiographs are useful in diagnosing diskospondylitis, but are normal in SRMA. In addition, the marked CSF inflammation seen with SRMA is not typical of diskospondylitis.