Flashcards in Immune-Mediated Dz Overview Deck (46)
What is Sjogrens syndrome?
- uncommon vet
- immune mediated attack of salivary gladns -> dry mouth and dry eye
What is myasthenia gravis?
- nicotinic muscarinic receptors ACh
What are the 3 underlying factors to r/o as causes of immune mediated dz before declaring it IDIOPATHIC??
1. Previous tx
What is the emchanism that breaks down leading to immune mediated dz?
What are the 2 types of immune response?
- Antibody mediated
- B and T cell mediated
Potential trigger factors -> pathogenesis of immune-mediated dz? -
- release of sequestered ag (not usually seen by imune celsl)
- abnormal imunoregulation
- molecular mimicry
- polyclonal activatioin of T and B cells (Bacteria can cause this)
- exposure of cryptic epitopes
- haptenisation (haptens = small molecules eg. penicillin) of foreign molecules to self antigen (stick onto big molecules and get them in trouble!)
How can infection influence autoimmune dz?
- breakdown of vascular /cellular barriers allowing exposure of self antigen - promotion of celll death by necorsis causing inflam -> bystander activation
- polyclonal activation of T cells - bacterial superantigens
- molecular mimicry (pathogens look like self antigen)
- vector-bourne pathogens may be important in some part of world (r/o) usually protozoal, rickettsial, bacterial
eg. vector-borne pathogen that can cause IM dz? Dxx?
- blood smear
> bilobed pyriform gaps in RBC
> inclusion bodies stuck on surface
Most common aetiology of IMD? egs of potential aetiologies:
- usually multifactorial
- genetic, infectious and hormonal influence (ex esp.)
- canine egs:
> SLE (genetics, viruses)
> IMHA (vaccinal ag)
> IMPA (vaccinal ag)
- feline egs:
What age is idiopathic immune mediated dx commonly seen?
Which species are most afected by IMD?
Which cats are predisposed to IMD?
- more exotic breeds (siamese, persians, persion-related)
What hx and clinical exam signs indicate IMD?
- remission and exacerbation fluctuating (beware coincidence of giving Abx and the dz remissing etc.)
- lamess, mucocutaneous lesions (ddepigmentation of nasal planum, lethargy, dyspnoea, weight loss, PUPD, +- seizures, behaviour,
- effusive painful joints, cutaneous erythema, macular, papules, pustules, eroise, pallor +- petichiae, cardiac arythmia
- lymphadenomegaly +- splenomegaly
Ddx of depigmentation of the nasal planum??
- drug eruption
What are the most important aspects of work up for IMD?
History and PE
- DO NOT RELY ON DXX TESTS!!
Potential findings on CBC/coag with IMD?
- regenerative (IMHA)
- non-regenerative (infection, uraemia, chronic bleeding, attack of precursors)
> thrombocytonpenia (MARKED)
- IM thrombocytopenia 150,000
- anticonvulsants esp.
- anti-leucocyte Abs eg. SLE, IM neutropenia
> coagulation abnormlalitis
- ^ APTT, PT, anticoagulant Ab (SLE)
- DIC less common but poss
- hyPER coagulability d/t surface g stimulation coagulation
What findings may be seen on blood smear with regenerative anaemia IMD?
- spherocytes (lack of central pallor, smaller cells, more apparent in the dog than cat) indicate extravascular destruction
- ghost cells (intravascular haemolysis)
- rubriocytes (red cell precursors)
What breed are pdf IMHA?
What diagnostic tests on biochem would be relevant for IMD?
> azotaemia, ^ inorganic phosphate
- chronic glomerular lesions
> hypoalbumenaemia, hypercholesterolaemia
- inflam dz, polyclonal B cell activation[lupus]
> ^CK and lactate dehydrogenase
- polymyositis and or myocarditis
What proceses can cause ^ CK? ECHO
- muscular dystrphy
What should be looked for on urinalysis dxx?
- PLN (r/o UTI and occult infection)
eg. dirofilaria immitis, ehrlichia canis, anaplasma phagocytophilum, borrellia burgderfori, rickettsia rickettsiae, bartonella spp
> haematuria, pyuria, erythrocyte casts
- r/o UTI and infection
- compatible with membranoproliferative GN
Which funghi are present in the uk?
Dxx for locomotor affected IMD?
> joint lesions common in polysystemic IM dz (usually non-erosive pauciarthropathy)
- erosive lesions suggest overlap syndrome
- arthritis not always clinically obvious
> synovial fluid
- ^ WBC
- ^ protein content
- ^ neutrophils
- v viscosity (d/t loss of GAGs)
- poor mucin clot formation
Where is arthrocentesis of the carpus performed? ECHO
- Antiebrachial-carpal region
- lateral to:
- medial to:
Give examples of tests of IMD that oculd be used to r/o specific path
- coombs test
- anti-platelet Ab
- T3, T4, TG autoAb
- Ach R autoantibody
- 2M Myofibre autoAb
- antinuclear Ab
What is the coombs test? What other tests can be used for this dz?
- test for IMHA
- antibodies associated with Ag on RBC clumps/agglutinates
- titre down to lowest conc
- if acute IMHA suspected, in-saline agglutination and osmotic fragility tests can also be performed
> primary reagent : polyvalent canine/feline IgG, IgM, C3 antiserum (direct antiglobulin)
- false + and - occour
> monovalent better (send off)
What test r/o myasthenia gravis?
- AChR autoAb (immunoprecipitation RIA of nicotinic AChR autoAb)
- very good sensitivity and specificity (rare false +-)
Forms of myasthenia gravis?
- acute fulminating