Message Number: YG3877 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-05-21 23:43:00 UTC
Subject: Adrenal cysts

On necropsy of a 3-year-old, 2.0 pound, male, Sable ferret, I
observed numerous, thin-walled, round cysts, pinpoint to 3.5 mm in
diameter, bulging from the right adrenal gland. On cut section,
these cysts contained yellow-green clear fluid. The left adrenal
gland was morphologically unremarkable. Histologically, the cysts
were lined by tall columnar epithelium similar to that of biliary
epithelium, and were filled with pale pink proteinaceous fluid. The
cysts compressed and obliterated approximately eighty percent of the
right adrenal gland.

I have heard of two other cases with similar findings -- cysts in the
right adrenal gland lined by tall columnar epithelium with no changes
in the left adrenal gland. I cannot find any information on this
finding. Has anyone else observed similar lesions? How do these
cysts arise? Do they have any clinical significance? Is any other
information known?