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Treatment Duration With Steroid Monotherapy in Dogs With Steroid Responsive Meningitis-Arteritis

Richard William Lawn

Published:  28/03/2019    in:  Knowledge Summaries
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In dogs suspected of having steroid responsive meningitis-arteritis (SRMA), how long should immunosuppressive monotherapy with steroids be undertaken in order to achieve clinical resolution without relapse of clinical signs?

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Based on the currently available literature, steroid treatment using the protocol outlined in Lowrie et al. (2009) at a gradually tapering dose over a course of 6 months, appeared to lead to clinical remission in all cases, with a disease free post treatment interval of at least 6 months. However, further research is needed as there are currently three published papers with a low number of cases, so a definitive time course cannot be suggested until stronger evidence is available.

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  1. Tipold, A. and Jaggy, A. (1994) ‘Steroid responsive meningitis‐arteritis in dogs: Long‐term study of 32 cases’, The Journal of small animal practice. Wiley/Blackwell (10.1111), 35(6), pp. 311–316. DOI:
  2. Cizinauskas, S., Jaggy, A. and Tipold, A. (2000) ‘Long-term treatment of dogs with steroid-responsive meningitis-arteritis: clinical, laboratory and therapeutic results’, Journal of Small Animal Practice. Wiley/Blackwell (10.1111), 41(7), pp. 295–301. DOI:
  3. Lowrie, M., Penderis, J., McLaughlin, M., Eckersall, P. D. and Anderson, T. J. (2009) ‘Steroid Responsive Meningitis-Arteritis: A Prospective Study of Potential Disease Markers, Prednisolone Treatment, and Long-Term Outcome in 20 Dogs (2006–2008)’, Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 23(4), pp. 862–870. DOI:

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