From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-05-08 13:28:00 UTC
Subject: Re: fat pads vs. lymph nodes?
--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "- Z -" <regina_z@h...> wrote:
> me again, with another question, probably for the vets: is there
> way to tell the difference by touch between fat pads and swollen
> lymph nodes, in this case in the armpit area? Or is analysis of a
> sample the only way to know for sure? I've read that fat pads can
> hard to differentiate from swollen lymph nodes, but would fat pads
> occur naturally in the armpit area?
It is very difficult indeed to tell the difference between fat pads
and enlarged nodes, and many vets end up biopsying fat. In very
general rules - enlarged nodes are generally hard, and fat is
generally soft and mushy. But it can be very tricky, and an aspirate
or a biopsy often is required.
In an older animal, which tends to put down fat around the nodes,
especially in the proximity of the legs, I think I would proceed a
bit more slowly, and probably go with an aspirate in this case.
With kindest regards,
Bruce H. Williams, DVM, DACVP
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