Plasma cell pododermatitis in cats

Plasma cell pododermatitis in cats
Plasma cell pododermatitis in cats
Plasma cell pododermatitis in cats

Feline plasma cell pododermatitis is a rare skin disease typically observed in adult cats. Males seem to be predisposed. It is characterized by:

  •  frequently painless soft swelling of multiple footpads (central metacarpal or metatarsal pads usually affected)
  • In 20-35% lesions are ulcerated
  • nasal swelling with plasma cells infiltrates, proliferative and ulcerative gingivitis, pyrexia and lymphadenopathy may be present

Cause and pathogenesis unknown but an immune-mediated or an infectious process are suspected

Diagnosis by clinical examination, fine needle aspirate cytology and histopathology.

Treatments options

  1. medical with immunomodulatory drugs like cyclosporine, oral glucocorticoids or...doxycyclin
  2. Surgical removal of affected foodpads

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