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From: Dr. Bruce Williams
Date: 2001-02-27 23:08:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Birth defect?

Dear Kris:

This does sound like a birth defect - a variant of a sternal defect
called pectus excavatum. It is more of a blemish than a defect, and
is not going to cause any problems during her lifetime. Occasionally
this defect is associated with other skeletal defects, but you
probably would have noticed them by now - twisted spine, twisted
legs, etc.

This one is nothing to be concerned about.

With kindest regards,

Bruce H. Williams, DVM
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--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., Kris94G20@a... wrote:
> Hello, let me introduce myself. My name is Kristian, and I am
> by 3 ferts. Chance, Sammy, and as of three days ago, Holly. I
> adopted holly from a local shelter. She is a 1 year old champagne
> guess thats what she is. Im going off the AFA web site.) I have
> had a chance to get her to the vet for a checkup. I have an appt
> scheduled for the 13 of March. My concern is this. Sometimes when
> she is bent over a little she seems to have a little bump right
> her rib cage meets, just above her belly. I guess this would be
> sternum? It does not feel like a growth, but more like the end of
> rib. My other two fuzzies, dont have this. I emailed the shelter
> and asked if they knew about this. The kind lady said they didnt
> notice it, but if it was she thinks it is, it is probably a birth
> defect. Has anybody heard of something like this? Thanks in
> Kris