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From: "cinnamon_sprite"
Date: 2009-09-06 01:15:44 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: picking brains: unusual changes in blood work

--- In, Sukie Crandall <sukie@...> wrote:
> No glucose counts were low before, let alone this low. He remains
> without symptoms.

I had one go in for adrenal surgery (his third surgery for this issue) that had never shown any symptoms of insulinoma (in fact, he was my most active ferret at that time) and never had a low glucose reading (he had been tested quite frequently, both by my vet and by myself at home). Pre-surgery bloodwork showed a glucose reading of 30, a large benign tumor was found on the pancreas. Even after surgical removal of the tumor and daily pred, I never saw this boys glucose go above 60 yet he never showed any signs of low glucose.

The absence of symptoms isn't necessarily unusual, though it may be less common it does occur. The fact that it doesn't fit what many perceive to be typical doesn't necessarily mean you're dealing with anything rare. Chances are you're dealing with simple, typical, insulinoma.

Karen McCabe


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