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Felty's Syndrome (cont.)

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What are risk factors for Felty's syndrome?

The risk factor for Felty's syndrome is having rheumatoid arthritis.

What are the signs and symptoms of Felty's syndrome?

Some patients with Felty's syndrome have more infections, such as pneumonia or skin infections, than the average person. This increased susceptibility to infections is attributed to the low white blood counts that are characteristic of Felty's syndrome. Ulcers in the skin over the legs can complicate Felty's syndrome.

How do doctors diagnose Felty's syndrome?

There is no single test for Felty's syndrome. Physicians diagnose Felty's syndrome based on the presence of rheumatoid arthritis, an enlarged spleen (splenomegaly), and an abnormally low white blood cell count. Most patients do have rheumatoid arthritis antibodies (rheumatoid factor) in the blood and are referred to as having seropositive rheumatoid arthritis.

What specialists treat Felty's syndrome?

Felty's syndrome is treated by internists, rheumatologists, and hematologists.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/17/2016



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