Table of Contents

Felty Syndrome

What is Felty syndrome?

Felty syndrome is a rare condition that is characterized by the presence of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), repeated infections, a low white blood cell count, and a swollen spleen. 

What are the symptoms of Felty syndrome?

Symptoms of Felty syndrome include:

  • Malaise
  • Skin ulcers
  • Swelling of the joints
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness in the extremities
  • Appetite loss
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Recurrent infections
  • Stiffness and pain in the joints
  • Deformities of the joints
  • Red eyes
    • This symptom may also come with a burning sensation and discharge

What causes Felty syndrome?

The cause of this condition is unknown; however, the risk of it rises significantly if one has long-term rheumatoid arthritis. 

How is Felty syndrome diagnosed?

Doctors will begin with a physical examination while looking for the characteristic symptoms of Felty syndrome. This will be followed by an abdominal ultrasound and a complete blood count. 

What are the treatments for Felty syndrome?

Treatment for Felty syndrome is symptomatic, and it is essential to receive the proper treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. In most cases, treating RA should lead to an improvement in other symptoms. 

Where can I find out more about Felty syndrome?

Felty Syndrome Articles