Message Number: YG1493 | New FHL Archives Search
From: K. Crassi
Date: 2001-03-20 19:05:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Tennessee Panel verses Cornell

> From: "Shortley, Lisa" <shortleylj@m...>
>She said it was meaningless to run the entire Tennessee panel. Is there a
>difference between "estrodiol" and "estrogen"?

Yes and no. Estradiol is *the* estrogen; it's actually what most people
mean when they talk about estrogen. Think of estrogen as a catch-all name
for any of a number of steroid hormones of similar construction and
function. Estradiol, specifically 17-beta-estradiol, is the most common
and most pertinent. There are other hormones that come under the heading
'estrogen', but the primary one the body uses is estradiol.

>The estrogen level was what was used to diagnose my 1.5 year old boy last
>year for sure - and to check my other two ferrets more recently. It cost
>$45 for the estrogen level to be checked at Cornell verses the $140+ to have
>the Tennessee panel done. Not that money is important in this case - but I
>really want to understand what's significant between the two...
>Is this not a good diagnostic tool?

First, I think the money should be important and no one should fault anyone
if they can get the same results cheaper. That being said, I'm not fully
cognizant of the other things the Tennesee panel tests for. If there are
additional tests run on the panel that are important to actually helping
make a diagnosis, then it may be worth the extra 100 bucks to have it run.
If, however, estradiol is THE thing they are looking for and the rest is
nice, but not terribly necessary, then why do it?

This is where the vets need to comment...


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