Message Number: FHL2909 | New FHL Archives Search
From: "tjfertie"
Date: 2007-11-01 05:07:10 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Insulinoma

I have a 3.5 yr old, 3.1 lb male ferret who just had a 2nd partial
pancreatectomy within 1.5 yrs. His blood sugar has been in the mid
20's while on pred (1cc 2x a day) and (.2 cc) diazoxide. Before
surgery he was started on IV fluids for over 15 hours; this morning his
BG reading was over 300, so the dextrose was reduced from 5% to 2.5%
after which being in surgery for 1.5 hrs his BG dropped back down into
the 30's. Post surgery 5 hours + his BG remains in the 30's, dextrose
increased (I failed to ask at what percent). Surgery found no obvious
nodules on the pancreas or liver (liver was smooth). His omentum had
the most fat the vet had ever seen and his spleen was the smallest
spleen she has ever seen in a ferret.

Does anyone have any ideas as to why his BG readings would be so all
over the map but yet no obvious nodules were found? Any ideas would be
greatly appreciated. This poor dude has no quality of life and it
looks like this 2nd surgery was a failure. I don't know where to go
from here.

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