FELTY SYNDROME and RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS
By Gary M. White, MD
The term Felty syndrome (FS) has been used to describe the patient with the triad of rheumatoid arthritis, leukopenia and splenomegaly. These patients may develop leg ulcers.
- The incidence of Felty syndrome seems less these days with better treatment available for rheumatoid arthritis.
- The leg ulcers in Felty syndrome may have a variety of causes including stasis (i.e., stasis ulcer), vasculitis, and/or pyoderma gangrenosum.
The ulcers tend to occur on the lower legs and feet. The specific features of the ulcer depend upon the actual cause.
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