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From: "Ann"
Date: 2008-01-18 19:11:14 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] elevated liver functions, blood

In Sept Rascal, age 3, had blood work in advance to having a dental.
The blood tests revealed elevated liver functions. ALT 402 (10-280),
Alkaline Phosphatase 79 (15-45). As a result, when he was under
anesthesia for the dental my vet also did a liver biopsy. Results of
this were Mild diffuse lymphoplasmacytic cholangitis and diffuse
moderate vacuolar hepatopathy. The second one is fatty liver which
is common change in ferret livers. The first one, according to
pathologist, suggested a low grade chronic inflammatory lesion that
may be arising from the GI tract. We treated Rascal with
metronidizole and amoxi. Repeat blood work showed the Alkaline
phosphatase came back within normal range but the ALT was still high,
though it did improve. It was 399 (82-289) The first test was done by
an outside lab and the second was inhouse. On Wed I took him in for
a ALT only and the results were 526(10-100). This was also an outside
lab. Now...Rascal is acting fine, he is eating, drinking, pooping
etc. Poops look ok. No vomiting. In short he has no signs of anything
wrong. In fact we were surprised that his blood work was what it was
in Sept because of this. My question is does anyone on this list have
any suggestions as to what to do next. My vet is thinking liver
support supplements such as Sam-E. Perhaps another round of GI
treatment with metronidazole and amoxi. She is posting on VIN to get
other vets input and I said I would post here to see if anyone had
any suggestions. Thanks for any input.


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