Date: 2001-04-04 19:31:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Re: Two sick ferrets -- one urgent
The globulin level is indeed a lot higher than normal,
so AD is a possibility. You can have an electrophoresis
done to see how much of this globulin is gammaglobulin.
If the gammaglobulin level is above 20%, then AD is likely.
Needless to say, you should also have an AD test done. Currently
are 2 tests. 1) United Vaccines' CEP test and 2) Avecon's
ELISA test. Both seem to be good tests.
As for the pancreas and hypoglycemia, was it a fasting sample
that produced the 70 test result (ie 3-4 hours without food)?
I use 70 as my "low enough to be an insulinoma" level. With
a nodule that showed up on the ultrasound, it makes me think it is
an insulinoma with mild signs at this time. I do not recommend
the insulin level test, but I would suggest a fasting glucose test
again for hypoglycemia. Yes, he could have both AD and an
and either one could cause the enlarged spleen. (Plus a few other
can cause an enlarged spleen.)
Pediapred is used for both AD and insulinoma, but you do want to
for sure if he is positive for AD and/or insulinoma before you start
Hope that helps,
Jerry Murray, DVM