From: Becky Clark
Date: 2011-01-22 10:31:29 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] Tumble (possible insulinoma)
To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>, <email@example.com>
Jeff, Tumble wasn't fasted for the bloods he was fasted for the x-ray.
The vet said the prognosis is good if the tumour is removed?
Two quick but important comments for you Becky:
First, NEVER fast a ferret more than 4 hours before a blood glucose
test. One of the foremost ferret pathologists in the world, Dr. Bruce
Williams, once posted on the ferret health list about this. It is not good
for the ferret and it will give an abnormally low reading.
Second, insulinoma IS a lot of tiny little islet tumors in the
pancreas. However, the pancreas is also prone to getting carcinomas, which
would appear as a mass on the pancreas. If this is the case, then the
prognosis for the ferret is not good and expected life is very short. I
have unfortunately had this happen twice, and even when one was removed
surgically, it regrew rapidly.
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