From: Dr. Bruce Williams
Date: 2001-02-25 20:24:00 UTC
Subject: Re: AutoImmune Disease in my ferret
Well, I'm not so sure it will put anyone's heart at ease. All things
considered, I'd rather my ferret had pemphigus than a malignant
neoplasm of histiocytic origin!
With kindest regards,
Bruce H. Williams, DVM
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--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "MARY" <sirk6@e...> wrote:
> Thank you Dr. Wiliams. I am sure this will put Pats heart at ease.
> >> I went and got Happy's biopsy report. It said. In the
> >> >deep subcutis and within the skeletal muscle layer there are
> >sheets of
> >> >malignant poliferating polygonal cells. Diagnosis was
> >> >histiocytic origin of cells. My vet had attached a note that
> >> >return in other locations and I was to watch her closely.
> >Dear Pat:
> >While somewhat non-committal, this biopsy report suggests a
> >tumor, and the primary ruleout in this particular case, although
> >mentioned in the report) would hav to be lymphoma. However, many
> >pathoogists are not terribly familar with ferret diseases, so they
> >hedged a bit in this case.
> >The main reason that this cannot be pemphigus is that pemphigus is
> >disease of the epidermis, and this one is very deep, down in the
> >muscles. The outward appearance of this lesion is probably a lump
> >under the skin, which pemphigus is a blistering disease.
> >With kindest regards,
> >Bruce H. Williams, DVM
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