Felty's Syndrome

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Felty Syndrome

What is Felty's Syndrome ?  

Felty’s syndrome is a combination of rheumatoid arthritis, splenomegaly and neutropenia.

Cause(s) :  
  • idiopathic
Symptoms :  
Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis:
  • Painful, stiff and swollen joints (mostly those of hands, feet and arms)
Symptoms of Splenomegaly
  • Low levels of certain white blood cells (neutropenia)
  • Enlarged spleen
  • Increased susceptibility to certain infections
  • Abnormally large liver
  • Low levels of circulating red blood cells
  • Decreased blood platelets (thrombocytopenia)
  • Inflammation of blood vessels (vasculitis)

Others:
  • Sores or ulcers on the lower leg
  • Discolouration of skin, particularly of the leg
  • Eye discharge
  • Fatigue
  • Weightloss
  • Loss of apetite
  • Infections
Diagnosis and Tests :  
Diagnosis of Felty’s syndrome is based on the presence of the three conditions:
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Spelnomegaly
  • Neutropenia

and is confirmed by:
  • Physical Examination
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Abdominal Ultrasound
Specialist to consult :  Orthopedics

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