I everyone. I'm brand new to this group. First, I'd like to apologize for the length of this email. My question is in the subject line. I'm enclosing part of an email from my vet regarding the 2nd set of xrays my 11 yr. old, Hannah, had done. Like the other posts, she has a swollen elbow. She was holds the leg up while standing, but can do big, deep stretches w/no problem. The vet removed fluid from an abcess and had it tested. An examination gave no clues, so she was xrayed and the xrays showed nothing. We went back to the vet after finishing her antibiotic, (Clavamox) with little obvious result. Now she is almost done w/a round of antiamflamatories (Rmadyl). The joint is less swollen, but she still holds it up often while standing. There is much less swelling though. The vet reports that:
"radiographs looked "good". There is no evidence of cancer, there is the swelling that we are obviously aware of, and that there is no evidence of any major arthritic disease." The bone specialist said, "the results of the fluid analysis are consistent with: lyme disease, autoimmune disease (autoimmune arthropathy), and infection."
Hannah tested negative for lyme disease. Infection is highly unlikely because the swelling did not completely respond to the Clavamox. Finally, the autoimmune disease is a possibility due to her historical hemolytic anemia (she survived a battle with immune mediated hemolytic anemia when she was about 3 yrs. old).
So, can anybody tell me about autoimmune arthropathy. I Googled it and came away with was that the immune system attacks the muscle and connective tissue. I don't know if it progresses slowly or quickly or can be cured. I'm also not even sure this is what she has. All I know is that I want her in my life as long as possible. Another 11 yrs. would be wonderful
Any info you have to share would be great.