Message Number: YG2839 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-04-22 12:45:00 UTC
Subject: Re: enlarged nodes?

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., demilia1@h... wrote:
> I have a 7 1/2 year old ferret with subcutaneous lymphoma. All of
> her lymph nodes are enlarged and she has been on pred for a month
> is responding well. I came back from a weeks vacation today and
> noticed that she is much heavier than when I left. Fearing an
> enlarged spleen I gently felt her abdomen and I felt two large lima
> bean shaped lumps down near her genitals. I don't know where all
> lymp nodes are located, are those most likely just enlarged lymph
> nodes? We had suspected that she had adrenal in the past because
> some hair loss on her abdomen but there have been no lumps or other
> symptoms found so I've been thinking it's because she over grooms
> that area. Could it be adrenal tumors instead?

Generaly adrenal tumors are very difficult to palpate, and it often
takes a trained vet and careful deep palpation of the abdomen to pick
them up (and only rarely are both enlarged sufficiently to identify
them.) I also wondered about the kidneys, and if you were palpating
deeply, but they are larger than lima beans

No, based on your previous diagnosis of lymphoma, I am thinking that
ehse may be the inguinal lymph nodes - they are in the crease between
the abdomen and back legs on the underside. There are also lymph
nodes behind the knees as well.

With kindest regards,

Bruce H. Williams, DVM, DACVP
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