Author(s): Rothschild BM, Rothschild C, Woods RJ
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Abstract Spondyloarthropathy was documented for the first time in 14 (3.7\%) of 386 large cats, affecting eight species belonging to three genera. The limited distribution of joint erosions, associated with spine and sacroiliac joint pathology, was indistinguishable from that occurring in humans with spondyloarthropathy of the reactive type. This form of inflammatory arthritis is almost twice as common as osteoarthritis (for felids as a whole), and animal well-being may be enhanced by its recognition and by initiation of specific treatment.
This article was published in J Zoo Wildl Med
and referenced in Journal of Spine