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From: Sue
Date: 2001-08-01 16:15:00 UTC
Subject: [Ferret-Health-list] Re: Quest for vets about enlarged testicle
testicle and prepuce mass

Dr. Williams
Thanks for your quick response. The ferret community is very lucky to
have you.
Our ferret had surgery today and is doing well. I am sending the
samples your way.
Thank you very much : )

-----Original Message-----
From: Bruce Williams, DVM [mailto:williams@e...]
Sent: Wednesday, August 01, 2001 12:00 AM
and prepuce mass

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "Sue" <Penelapee@e...> wrote:
> Hi
> I hope someone can possibly help. Our rescue had a ferret
> to us today. He is an intact male with one enlarged testicle and a
> on his prepuce. (I do not have any history except he was fed dog
> and lets just say-- very unkept).
> His left testicle is about twice the size of the right and the
> mass is about 2 cm. He is very thin, slightly ataxic and PD, but
> PU. I am going to pull blood to run a complete profile and cbc. I
> planning on taking him to the vet tomorrow, but I was hoping for
> suggestions or ideas to help our vet with a prognosis. I have read
> about Sebaceous gland adenocarcinomas and Sertoli tumors. Do you
> that is what we have growing here? I did a quick exam and his
heart and
> lungs sound fine and his prostate can not be felt. I am not sure
of his
> age b/c his teeth are broken and discolored. (I would guess 3ish)
> For the meantime he is clean and eating totally ferret. So any
> suggestions are appreciated.
> Thank you
> Sue, CVT

Dear Sue: Testicular tumors are common in older intact males, but
there is no way to tell without examination - Sertoli cells,
seminomas, and interstitial cells are all about equal in prevalence.

The preputial mass should also be removed ASAP - the chance of a
malignancy is higher here than in any other place on the male's skin,
and the earlier removed, the better. Don't delay surgery for results
on the blood - pull it on the way to surgery.

I would be interested in reviewing the tissues (especially the
testis) at no charge, of course. Testicular tumors are not very
common and I am always interested in adding another one to the

With kindest regards,

Bruce Williams, DVM

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