Message Number: YG5517 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Sydney
Date: 2001-07-15 01:30:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Re: Helicobacter + cancer

--- "Bruce Williams, DVM" <williams@e...>

> The link between neoplasia and Helicobacter is
> tenuous at best.
> While the animals in these two reports had gastric
> neoplasms and
> Helicobacter, the omnipresence of Helicobacter and
> the scarcity of
> gastic tumors do not strongly endorse an
> association.

This probably won't help the question and certainly
isn't scientific but I thought I'd throw it out
anyway. Up until recently I had a ferret who was
diagnosed with gastric adenocarcinoma when he was
about 6 months old. It was discovered when he started
vomiting one day when the tumor had, for practical
purposes, closed off the opening to his intestines.
Up until this point he had been a seemingly active,
healthy youngster with no problems, although in hind
sight probably a little too thin. From the discussion
it sounds like he most likely had Helicobacter
present, like most ferrets, but they didn't seem to
cause him problems. I did notice after this though
that he seemed to have more than his share of
intestinal problems caused by various other organisms.
Not sure if that would be linked to a cause or an
effect of the adenocarcinoma.


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