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From: "Joan"
Date: 2010-12-09 20:55:28 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Vascular insulinoma

I received this necropsy report today from the owner of an 8 1/2 yr old ferret who found her dead in her cage with no previous indications of illness or discomfort. She had had her annual checkup several weeks earlier and the vet had said she was in excellent health. The owner says that the vet is reasonably knowledgeable about the typical ferret illnesses, but is not a ferret specialist.

"Necropsy shows large, firm tumor at gastric pylorus incorporating part of omentum and pancreas, also some hemorrhaging in peritoneum, suspect vascular insulinoma based on location, tumor appears to have ruptured and hemorrhaged into abdomen. We can send tissue sample for histopath if you would like. Please let us know if you have any questions or you would like to send the sample off for testing.

All other organs appeared normal, so no samples were taken."

The owner will have the tissue sample sent off if I want her to. Can any of the vets or other knowledgeable people on here tell me if this is associated with ferret insulinoma, or is it unrelated? And would further examination help in determining if this ferret had the genetic factor(s) to develop insulinoma?



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