Message Number: FHL8773 | New FHL Archives Search
From: "Karen McCabe"
Date: 2009-04-28 20:34:13 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: adrenal test

--- In, Caitlyn Martin <caitlynmmartin@...> wrote:
> Hi,
> The ferret vets I've talked with (the ones who currently or previously
> have cared for my ferrets) don't believe in the Tennessee Panel very
> much. It seems to always come back as "possible" adrenal disease.
> They no longer bother with it.

I've used the panel numerous times and have always gotten a definitive answer. In my experience it can be a very useful diagnostic tool.

> Ultrasound has improved quite a bit over the years to the point that
> an enlarged adrenal gland can often be spotted that way.

In my experience, ultrasound is more often then not highly inaccurate when it comes to diagnosing adrenal disease. I've had both ultrasound and the adrenal panel run on several. In each case the ultrasound showed nothing but the panel showed elevated hormone levels. These ferrets all had clear symptoms. Each was given lupron and the symptoms cleared. Obviously, the ultrasound was wrong.

Karen McCabe


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