Message Number: YG755 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Mike Janke
Date: 2001-03-05 18:17:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Strange postsurgical reaction redux

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "Dr. Bruce Williams" <williams@e...>

> (For those who don't know, the science of interpreting the
> changes seen in blood samples is known as clinical pathology.)

Speaking of clinical pathology... on a recent vet visit, I had my vet
look at a small sore on Beasley's neck. It was actually just a scab
and I didn't know if it was a skin tumor that he had scratched or
what. So as a preliminary, my vet pulled the scab off and pressed a
slide against it. He showed me some odd looking cells (as I recall,
they appeared bluish and somewhat malformed) under the microscope and
sent the slide out to a clinical pathologist for a diagnosis.

The diagnosis came back as a "plasma cell tumor" but it has since
healed and is completely gone. Exactly what is a plasma cell tumor?