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From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2010-10-07 16:37:03 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Blood Test Results - Aggressive insulinoma and something else
To: fhl <>

Either lymphoma or carcinoma in the pancreas will present like
insulinoma but progress much faster, and with the nodes going up and
the worsening so rapid lymphoma sounds like what you are dealing with.

Hopefully, I am wrong and it is insulinoma combined with fighting an
infection. Like lymphoma, infection can raise the WBC count (and some
woes like DIM can raise it higher than is seen in lymphoma but that is
just a historical note here and not applicable) and enlarge the lymph

In 30 years we have had one with each: lymphoma, carcinoma. Both had
their first symptoms being passed out and stopping breathing,
requiring very gentle cheek puff artificial respiration to muzzle.
Both Fritter (lymphoma in pancreas) and Ashling (carcinoma in
pancreas) survived that with gentle cheek puff artificial respiration
and also warming in Ashlings case combined with mad rushes to vet
care. Fritter got 9 months and was one of the first ferrets to even
use Diazoxide as recommended to our vet by consultants at a major
hospital who trained vets in specialities. (Back then it was new and
still somewhat experimental so our vet had to arrange to get the
leavings in partly used bottles from a human university hospital.)
Both ferrets had both meds (prednisolone and diazoxide) and required a
hefty amount of prednisolone.

Both required dietary sugar always available, too. The easiest way to
manage that is in the water, we found. If you do that with Nutrical
DO leave it by the side for a while so that you can skim off the fat
membrane that will form. We have found that ferrets avoid that,
perhaps because of how it coats their whiskers in heavy sheets.

Ashling got 3 more months which was considered very good for carcinoma
when it is in the pancreas. Fritter got 9 more months which also was
considered very good, in her case for lymphoma in the pancreas.

I am so sorry that you appear to be dealing with such an aggressive
foe, Jeff.

Sukie (not a vet)

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(2010, Steve Crandall)


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