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From: Ferrethealer
Date: 2010-10-07 23:30:41 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Ella update

It is possible that if Ella had been seen earlier that aggressive surgical treatment with transfusion might have stopped her from passing with this episode. It is also very possible (and more likely, IMO) that nothing would have saved her, especially not long term, as when a splenic tumor ruptures, the bleeding "seeds" cancer cells throughout the abdomen.

As Sukie said, ferrets can have splenic ruptures (from a fall or whatever) and show no clinical signs at all, and the only way it's known is at a surgery or a post-mortem exam later. One of my own ferrets passed this week from liver cancer, and when I did his post, I found that at some point in his life, his spleen had broken in half - never, ever showed any signs. But the bleeding is more massive from a tumor than from a normal spleen, and the likelihood of survival much, much less.

I am sorry that you lost her - but it's doubtful that anything would have made much difference this weekend.

Dr. Ruth

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