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Expense of Diagnostic Testing for SRMA

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    November 19, 2018 1:11 PM EST

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

    What can we do when cost issues prevent extensive diagnostics?


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

    The most important diagnostic test is CSF analysis, which is required to diagnose SRMA. However, once a diagnosis is made, response to therapy can be monitored by measuring C reactive protein in the blood rather than performing repeated CSF taps. Furthermore, although MRI can be useful to rule out other causes of neck pain, a diagnosis of SRMA can be made without performing MRI.