Message Number: YG6478 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-08-18 14:12:00 UTC
Subject: [Ferret-Health-list]RE: Adrenal Surgery w/ Cardio?

Hi Erin,
You are asking a tough question. Do the benefits of
surgery (remove the adrenal gland that has "regrown")
to treat the adrenal gland disease outweight the risk of
surgery on a heart patient (death from anesthesia)?
If he makes it through the surgery then yes, but if he
dies then no. The heart problem would scare me away
from surgery. If it were my ferret then I would go with Lupron.
Hope that helps,
Jerry Murray, DVM
PS- there seems to be some confusion and incorrect use of the
term "ectopic" in regards to adrenal glands. Ectopic means
having adrenal tissue outside the adrenal gland (usually in
fat pad by the adrenal gland). Most of you are describing
glands that were not completely removed (part of the capsule
or gland
remains) and with time the gland "regrows" and becomes a