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From: team-machine
Date: 2001-07-08 19:21:00 UTC
Subject: [Ferret-Health-list] Re: Extra Fused Sacral Vertabrae

Dear Dr. Williams,
Thank you for e-mailing back so soon. Unfortunatly, I have made a mistake
and need to correct my info.It was an extra lumbar vertabrae. I realized my
mistake after I sent the message. Thank you, K.M.Original Message -----
From: "Bruce Williams, DVM" <williams@e...>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, July 08, 2001 9:13 PM

> --- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "team-machine" <team-machine@e...>
> wrote:
> > Hi Everyone!
> > I just recently have become new to the list and think it's-
> AWESOME.I've got two soon to be 6 year old ferrets.One is a sable
> (Buehler) and a black eyed white(Flounder). Flounder has had adrenal
> problems for ~1 year and is slowly deteriorating.History: Left
> adrenalectomy ~ 9mo.ago and it was benign.(Is on 0.1ml Lasix 1-
> 2/day.) Still was showing signs of adrenal problems(sexual
> aggression,itchy,lots of hair loss ect.) ( Buehler who by the way is
> his brother is healthy as can be.) I have Flounder on Lupron (4mo.
> depot,200mcg) I have not seen much improvement. He was dragging his
> back left leg and I did the proprioception test on that hind leg and
> it was delayed. I took him in for a radiograph and found out he has a
> fused extra sacral vertebrae.He does have problems getting around but
> not all the time. Is there something else that I should be concerned
> about? My vet doesn't seem to think so but my instincts tell me
> different. any info would be wonderful! K.M.
> Dear K.M.
> Ferrets have seven sacral vertebrae and all are fused - that is the
> way they are made. If there is an eighth, then it would naturally be
> fused - so that is not causing his problems. Plus the lesions of the
> sacrum are too far behind the leg for that segment to affect the
> innervation of the leg - the nerves that work the leg are in the
> lumbar segment of the spine (in front of the sacrum).
> As you are giving injetions in the back leg, I would examine the
> possibility of an injection reaction in that leg (affecting the
> sciatic nerve or the muscles of the back leg.)
> With kindest regards,
> Bruce Williams,DVM
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