Captain Kappie’s Immune-Mediated Polyarthritis

Captain Kappie came in through our South Bay Emergency Department for non-weight bearing lameness of his left front leg and a mysterious skin condition that developed shortly after he started treatment with an NSAID to manage his lameness.

Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Stefanie Owczarczak, Dr. Jodi McKenna, and Dr. James Kim, a diagnosis of IMPA, or Immune-Mediated Polyarthritis, was made, explaining the lameness.

Based on biopsy results, the mysterious skin condition was thought to be a reaction to a commonly prescribed non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication reminding us all that, like people, pets can have reactions to prescription medications too! After 36 hours in the hospital, discontinuation of the NSAID, and initiating immunosuppressive treatment, Captain Kappie was back to normal. Dr. Marlene Townsell, an Internal Medicine specialist, is now managing Captain Kappie’s care, making sure he’s comfortable and his immune system stays in check!

 

Locations

South Bay

2325 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90501

Tel: (310) 320-8300 - Fax: (424) 293-7254

Los Angeles

9599 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

Tel: (310) 558-6100 - Fax: (310) 558-6199

San Fernando Valley

20051 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364

Tel: (818) 887-2262 - Fax: (818) 704-0323

Central Valley

4300 Easton Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93309

Tel: (661) 281-1320 - Fax: (661) 302-4193

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