Systemic lupus erythematosus – diagnostic and treatment challenges

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Mirna Brkljačić
Filip Kajin
Marin Torti
Ines Jović
Ivana Kiš
Iva Šmit
Martina Crnogaj
Vesna Matijatko


A 5.5-year-old Bischon Frise with a history of shifting-leg lameness, fever, weight loss, lethargy and anorexia was referred for a second opinion. The diagnostics led to a suspicion of SLE. A thorough physical examination, haematology, biochemistry, vector-borne diseases testing, urinalysis, x-ray of thorax, abdomen, carpal and tarsal joints, ultrasound of abdomen, synovial fluid and CSF fluid examination was performed to exclude differentials. A positive ANA test with four major and two minor clinical signs confirmed the diagnosis. The prednisone monotherapy administered proved to be sufficient.


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Brkljačić, M., Kajin, F., Torti, M., Jović, I., Kiš, I., Šmit, I., … Matijatko, V. (2017). Systemic lupus erythematosus – diagnostic and treatment challenges. Veterinarski Glasnik, 71(2), 134–140.
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