Message Number: YG2812 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-04-21 07:18:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Follow up Mackenzie's insulinoma surgery

> Islet cell tumors in dogs and cats grow and spread rapidly. This
> not been the case in ferrets - they are so uncommon, and none have
> truly been published (there are a couple of anecdotal reports out
> there, but with no details.)
> >
> > However, if it would benefit you and anyone else on this list, I
> can
> > probably get you the pathology slides or the actual report.
> That would be great - actually the paraffin blocks for the case are
> vetter - at that point, I could run the insulin test on the tumors
> for you (at no charge) and make the diagnosis definitively.
> With kindest regards,
> Bruce H. Williams, DVM, DACVP
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Okay, I thought this might come up, so when I consented for the
specimens to go to the pathologist I asked if I would be able to get
them back in case I wanted a second opinion, and I was told yes. So,
on Monday or tuesday I will call my vet and ask if I can get the
parafin blocks. Are there specific things I should ask for? Or just
parafin blocks?

By the way, out of curiosity, if the mets are not islet cell
carcinoma and are another type of adenocarcinoma as you suggested,
what else is in the differential diagnosis?

She continues to grind her teeth and is much less active since her
surgery. I don't know if she is still recuperating, of if this is
all cancer. If she continues on this course, I will euthanize her
this week. It would be nice to know what took her down so fast.