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Date: 2006-10-17 17:05:46 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] RE: Please advise on swollen lymph nodes

Swollen lymph nodes can also mean infection. Probably the reasons your vet is more concerned is because these nodes are far apart, and the aspirate looked questionable.

Sometimes, too, a ferret, especially an overweight one, may put down a lot of fat around nodes and that can be confusing at times, even for a knowledgeable individual, but the vet would have noticed that with the aspirate.

Is your vet planning to send the aspirate (or to remove a node) for outside pathology, or is your vet who looked at the specimen one with specialization training in either pathology or oncology lab work? Either of those would be the next step if the vet is not a specialist.

For safety's sake it is probably a good time to read up on various approaches, from Prednisolone to the Tuft's Protocol.

-- Sukie (not a vet, and not speaking for any of the below in my private posts)
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Author wrote:
> Hi:
> Do swollen lymph nodes always mean lymphoma?
> My 6 yr old Trixie went to the vet yesterday because she has had an upset stomach for a few days and the vet noticed that the nodes in her neck and behind her legs were slightly swollen. She looked at a sample of the node liquid and thinks it's lymphoma.
> Needless to say, I'm very worried.
> Thanks,
> Lisa

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