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Perianal fistula - an immune-mediated diseases

Wyatt, K.M. (1998) Perianal fistula - an immune-mediated diseases. Australian Veterinary Practitioner, 28 (4). pp. 170-172.


Perianal fistula, or anal furunculosis, is a condition primarily of German Shepherd Dogs. The condition results in the development initially of peri-appendageal inflammation that secondarily involves the epidermis causing cellulitis and sinus tracts in later stages of the disease. Recent studies report good responses to immunosuppressive therapy, which would suggest that the disease has an immune-mediated component. It is important for primary-care clinicians to be aware of the change of thinking towards the aetiology of this condition.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Veterinary Studies
Publisher: Australian Small Animal Veterinary Association
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