Steroid Responsive Meningitis is a condition
that involves a dog's central nervous system primarily. The central nervous
system consists of brain and spinal cord. Meningitis means inflammation of
the meninges, the covering layer of the central nervous system. The
condition is referred to as SRMA, or steroid responsive meningitis-arteritis
because it affects the arteries in many body system tissues as well .
The diagnosis of this condition can be a challenge and thorough physical and
neurological examination, laboratory tests, spinal fluid analysis, X-rays,
and CT scans may be recommended. Initial treatment includes supportive care
and steroid medications. Long-term steroid administration is needed to
control this condition. Some dogs need stronger immune system suppressant
medication (immunosuppressives). If aggressive therapy is instituted early,
and a chronic relapsing condition does not develop, the prognosis is fairly
good, with about 60 per cent cure rate.