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From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2001-06-17 21:58:00 UTC
Subject: Re: adrenal surgery/treatment - vets please help

At 12:42 AM +0000 6/17/01, wrote:
>Message: 6
> Date: Sat, 16 Jun 2001 08:23:35 -0400
> From: alicia <>
>I wrote earlier about our female having an enlarged vulva and my vet
>thinking exploratory surgery is our next step. Our female has a
>swollen vulva but no hair loss or anything else yet, and the blood
>work shows that she isn't anemic yet either. She treats ferrets,
>has the ferrets, rabbits, and rodents book, knows ferrets, but has
>never done this surgery, but is more then willing to learn about it
>first. She is reading up on it and asking more knowledgeable vet
>friends about it who have done this surgery. For my piece of mind,
>I wanted to ask here what the basic step for treating a possible
>adrenal ferret are. I have been reading all of the other adrenal
>posts and some talk about a test to see if the gland is cancerous,
>others talk about hormone therapy after the surgery, while others
>talk about the adrenal cancer returning sometimes. Please educate
>me on the basics, if you all can, this is a scary disease. And, I
>would like to know that we are doing everything we can, you know.
>Alicia and Miela
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Not a vet, but, Alicia, two fine ways to get a rundown on how to do
this step by step are:

_Essentials of Ferrets, A Guide for Practitioners_ by Dr. Karen
Purcell (AAHA Press. 1-800-252-2242)

and Dr. Charles Weiss' videotape (

If our experience is any guide it typically is going to be a simple
adrenal neoplasia on one side.