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From: "Sue Liszewski"
Date: 2004-04-15 04:51:21 UTC
Subject: RE: [ferrethealth] Cystic Lymph Nodes...anyone familar?
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I have never seen them, but my guess is that they are much like reactive
lymph nodes. Fighting off osme sort of infection or an inflammatory
response to something else. Were there any other findings? Did they palpate
the all of the organs, intestines, stomach, etc. for any abnormalities? The
fluid in the nodes were probably putting ressure on the intestines or the
like leading to a the signs you described. Don't know if any of this is
useful, but thought I would let you know I did read thru it. best of luck.

Dr. Sue

>Subject: [ferrethealth] Cystic Lymph Nodes...anyone familar?
>Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2004 18:48:53 +0100 (BST)
>Hello Everyone,
>I am actually reposting this message becuase I haven't gotten any responses
>and thought I would try again. To introduce myself quickly, my name is
>Nicole and I am the proud owner of 3 ferrets: Murphy, Malcolm, and Molly. I
>am a second year student in veterinary school and I was referred to this
>web site from a fellow student and ferret owner.
>Here is my situation. Molly, my only female ferret, has been a little "off"
>to me lately. I adopted her from the humane society last summer, so we have
>no idea of her age, (my best guess is that she is around 2). She has no
>tattoos of any kind, so I don't know which farm she even came from. So, as
>far as her being off, she was vomiting on and off for about a week, and her
>appetite waxed and waned. She is a pretty plump little girl, and she has
>definately lost some weight. I took her in to the hospital at school, and
>one fo the veterinarians palpated a mass (approximately 4-5cm) round and
>movable in her cranial abdomen. We ran bloodwork and did an ultrasound. Her
>bloodwork came back normal, but there were some abnormalities on
>ultrasound. There were 3 large cystic structures in her abdomen, and all of
>her abdominal lymph nodes were prominent. We anaesthetized her and took
>aspirates of the largest cyst-like structure and something that we knew was
>a lymph node (for comparison).
>The results came back inconclusive. The cyst appreared to be a cystic lymh
>node, with 90% of the cells being small lymphocytes. The clinical
>pathologist wasn't sure what to make of it, and we are at a standstill as
>what to do next. For now, Molly seems better, playing and eating better,
>but I would like to know why those lymph nodes are cystic and what that
>If anyone has any information at all or any questions, please don't
>hestitate to ask. I sorry about the length of this message, I wanted to be
>sure I included everything!
>Thank you!
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