Felty syndrome is a disorder that involves
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
The cause of Felty syndrome is unknown. It is more common in people who have had rheumatoid arthritis for a long time. People with this syndrome are at risk of infection because they have a low white blood cell count.
- General feeling of discomfort (
- Loss of appetite
- Unintentional weight loss
- Pale-looking skin
Joint swelling, stiffness, pain, and deformity
- Recurrent infections
- Eye burning or discharge
Signs and tests
Joints that show signs of rheumatoid arthritis
Possibly swollen liver and lymph nodes
A complete blood count (
Persons with this syndrome are usually already receiving treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. They may need other medicines to suppress their immune system.
Methotrexate may improve the low white blood cell count.
Some people benefit from removal of the spleen (
Infections may continue to occur.
Rheumatoid arthritis is likely to get worse.
You may have infections that keep coming back.
Calling your health care provider
Call your health care provider if you develop symptoms of this disorder.
Prompt treatment of rheumatoid arthritis may decrease the risk of developing Felty syndrome.