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From: "Tressie"
Date: 2011-02-20 23:30:29 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Tumor in chest

Hello Stephanie,

I had a ferret who developed a massive tumor that displaced his heart and pushed his lungs into the chest wall. He had been previously treated for suspected lymphoma for several months after his peripheral lymph nodes swelled up - first with prednislone, then injectible Dexamethasone after he was showing signs of poor assimilation. We felt he was not likely getting the benefits from the prednisolone. He was on other supportive medications as well during that period i.e., carafate, reglan, Tramadol.

He received a one-time injection of L-asparaginase when it was clear he was becoming more and more ill.

Following the L-asparaginase he had a reprieve and was considerably better within 12 hours. Shortly after he went into remission.

5 months later he started showing signs that the lymphoma was back, in particular more fatigue and developing a 'click' to his breathing. My vet was away at a conference and there was no one else experienced with ferrets who would see him. His 'clicking' breathing sounds went on for about a week until my vet returned and was able to see him. He listened to his chest and said it sounded 'muffled'. We opted to give the L-asparaginase one more try.

He received the second injection of L-asparaginase and two days later had a chest x-ray. That's when we found the massive chest tumor. Given the extent of the tumor and the fact that his breathing was becoming more labored, he was euthanized. Necropsy and pathology confirmed Lymphosarcoma.

Hope for the best but be prepared for the worst. It does not sound very good from what you describe.



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