Steroid-Responsive Meningeal Arteritis

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Filed Under: Neurology

Steroid-responsive meningeal arteritis (SRMA) is a disease in which the layers of tissue covering the brain and spinal cord (meninges) become inflamed (meningitis) due to an immune reaction.  Animals with meningitis often exhibit pain and neurologic abnormalities.  The disease is seen most commonly in young, large breed dogs less than 2 years old.  Breeds that are predisposed to the condition include the boxer, Bernese Mountain dog, and beagle.

Causes:  The cause of this inflamation has yet to be determined.  The inflammation arises when the animal's immune system becomes activated and attacks the meninges.  (More information in below attachment...)