From: Pam Sessoms
Date: 2001-02-27 11:03:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Fwd: Intro and dilemma
Sent a private reply to Jaclyn last night, but I haven't seen this come up
yet and thought it might be interesting to see if anyone else had seen it
too. "Tales from Pam's House of Insulinoma," sort of. Anyway:
> --- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., Jaclyn <jaclynv@e...> wrote:
> The other adrenal ferret, Trevor, is approximately 5-7 years old
> (Marshalls again) and I got him as a stray in March of 1997. He had
> insulinoma surgery in April 1999
> He's in great shape mostly. Though, twice now, he's gotten very dark
> pink. His nose, ears, around his eyes and his lips would suddenly
> turn dark red-pink. He'd feel hot, though we couldn't successfully
> take his temperature. By the time we got a good reading, the color
> was gone and the thermometer read 102. While he was dark, he was a
> little listless and would go lay on the tile, as if he felt too hot.
> It was gone in the matter of 20 minutes.
I had a foster guy who had severe insulinoma and adrenal disease when he
came to me, and he had surgery (left adrenal, partial pancreatectomy) and
did well for about 8 months. Then his rt adrenal started going bad, and
he also started having insulinoma signs again, and he had a few of these
"hot flash" spells a lot like what Jaclyn describes with Trevor.
He'd turn red, get very hot, sometimes pant, etc... They were transient
and I always thought they were some kind of weird blood sugar thing
because of the listlessness. Just before his second surgery, I found him
half-dead in a full insulinoma crash (drooling, teeth clenched) on top of
an air conditioner vent. He was very cold, and I imagined he had had a
hot flash and went to lay on the vent to cool down and then became very
limp from low blood sugar and became hypothermic from the cold air. I did
pull him out of it with karo syrup, warm SQ fluids, and a heat pad set on
low (it was a holiday of course, my vet was out of town, and the emergency
vet is over an hour away from me), but it was about the worst crash I've
Of course I have no idea if Trevor's spells are related to the
insulinoma... Just saw a couple of similarities.
Anyone else ever seen an insulinoma ferret have these kind of hot
flashes? Did they by chance also have adrenal disease?