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Protein may help diagnose septic arthritis

January 20th, 2014

Last summer, I was involved in researching a protein called serum amyloid A (SAA) that may help veterinarians reach a proper and early diagnosis of joint infection — a severe and potential life-threatening illness in horses. Infected joints (septic arthritis) is a particular problem in Saskatchewan, mainly because of the widespread use of barbed wire that’s often the culprit behind puncture …

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WCVM researchers are investigating whether a protein called serum amyloid A (SAA) can help veterinarians diagnose joint infection more quickly. Photo: Christina Weese.