Message Number: YG3468 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-05-11 17:06:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] RE: questions on lymphoma

Hi Judi,
The long name you are looking for is extramedullary
hematopoiesis. This is a common finding in ferrets
especially with intestinal disease and Helicobacter.
The nodule you are desribing may have been a lymph
node. Lymphoma in a lymph node is common with
lymphoma in ferrets. Lymphoma can spread to the bones
usually the vertebra, but this is rare. Perhaps your vet
meant that they wanted to check the bone marrow for
evidence of lymphoma. Checking the PCV for anemia is
also a good idea as mild anemia is a common finding
with lymphoma. It may be time to consult with a cancer
specialist to help with the workup and chemotherapy options.
Hope that helps,
Jerry Murray, DVM