Message Number: YG3207 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-05-03 14:22:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Adrenal and meds

Medical control sometimes does not work, and when it does work it
often loses effectiveness over time. Surgery is best when practical,
and it also would allow correction for the insulinomas. The enlarged
heart could be a big concern, if EKG and ultrasound have shown it to
be significantly diseased. If he's not having severe signs (such as
progressing anemia or difficulty urinating) you could just leave him
on lupron. It may slow the progression a bit. Depending on the
aggressiveness of the adrenal lesion, he could live over a year with
the adrenal disease uncontrolled. Don't let age alone stop you when
it comes to surgery, but the heart may make it too risky.

Best wishes,
Mark Burgess DVM

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "Glenn Johnson" <johno@c...> wrote:
> Are there a lot of adrenal cases where meds simply don't work? My
Chuki got a 4 mo Lupron shot in January with zero effect. He's now
been on Casodex for 32 days, also no effect. Surgery is out, he has an
enlarged heart and insulinoma, also coming up on 8 years old.
> Where do we go now?
> Glenn and Chuki