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From: "Sue Liszewski"
Date: 2004-01-15 08:46:51 UTC
Subject: RE: [ferrethealth] RE: Raja: Spinal X Ray available on line!
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I concur with Dr. Williams. I also had a hard time changing points of view
and can't turn some of the photo's the way I usu read them. I see some
changes but not the devastating changes you had described or were told. You
really need to figure that out before you make a decision. Perhaps a vet
school can help you, even if they don't know a lot about ferrets cross over
interpretations help. Perhaps they can get a CT or MRI or the myelogram.
The only thing you do need is the anesthesia department to be familiar with
how to handle thing, and most of the time the Universities work with zoos
and such so again they cross over. I hope you find the answers you need and
soon. I still wonder why they have not at least tried antibiotics such as
Chloramphenicol or Trimeth Sulfa which both havve far better penetration to
the nervous system then anything they have used to date. And once you rule
out infection of any sort I would again suggest the use of steroids, ideally
Dexamethazone. The more wasted time the worse off the chance of it working.

Best to you all.

Dr. Sue

>Subject: [ferrethealth] RE: Raja: Spinal X Ray available on line!
>Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2004 03:56:45 +0000 (GMT)
>Dear Paty:
>I will first admit that looking at reduced radiographs online is no
>substitute for looking at them up close and personal, but I fail to see all
>of the problems that are in the report, and I am somewhat concerned that
>the changes may be overinterpreted. I do believe that I see some
>spondylosis at L3-L4, but that certainly doesn't explain Raja's paresis. I
>don't see anything of note in the interdisc spaces, and nothing in the
>cervical area. If there were cervical problems, the front limbs would be
>affected as well. Possible lesions of spinous processes usually are of
>little clinical significance, as the spinous processes are the pointy parts
>pointing up toward the skin, and do not impinge on the spinal cord at all.
>I have learned over the years not to over-interpret spinal radiographs in
>ferrets. If anything, I might want to examine the lumbar spinal cord a
>little bit more, but I am not seeing a spinal degenerative process of note
>in these particular studies. In the States, at a large referral hospital,
>the next step would be a myelogram to trace the outline of the spinal cord
>itself. Interruptions in an outline points to a problem.
>With kindest regards,
>bruce williams, dVM
>Author wrote:
> > Hi everybody,
> > I create an album with pictures of Raja's X-Ray which shows the spinal
>bones degeneration.
> > Please take a look at the link:
> >
> > I will try to translate the report into English, but it's very
>complicate with so much medical terms. Therefore I am sorry for my
> > Interdisc problems at C 4-5, C 5-6, C 7-8, with some spinous process ,
> > • Possible radiotransparence close to the spinous process C7
> > • Problems at L 2-3
> > • Radiotransparences areas close to the spinous process L1
> > • Irregular borders at L 1-2, L2-3, e L 3-4
> > • No right rip at T 14.
> > If someone has some problems to visualize, please let me know.
> > Greetings, Paty, Pikku and Raja
> >
> >
>If you want to share pictures, use the calendar, or start a vote
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