Date: 2011-02-21 17:53:44 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Tumor in chest
Thanks for the tips, Breez came to me at the age of six, so I can rule out Juvenile Lymphoma,
[In very, very, very rare situations the form of
lymphoma that has the common name of
Juvenile Lymphoma has occurred in adults.
Its formal name is lymphoblastic lymphoma.
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He was very sick when he came in, but as said he had ulcers and ear troubles. The mass is not attached to the heart but is next to it, he dose have a breathing problem, quick and shallow, I presume due to the tumor pushing on the lungs, he has no swelling in the neck which I would except with lymphoma,
[Not all cases of lymphoma cause the peripheral nodes to enlarge
there were no other visible masses in his body, kidneys and liver were normal on the x-ray, although tumor growth in the kidneys is suspect because of the blood in his urine, and I know he is terminal, but he is not what I call a sick ferret and that is what makes it so difficult to understand how quickly the tumor is, or is not growing. Now that he is on the Prednisolon he is his bubbly bouncy self, full of life and full of energy, but is this because his blood sugar is now stable? Is the low blood sugar due to insulinoma or the tumor?
[Prednisolone does many things. It reduces inflammation, it helps fight some malignancies such as lymphoma, and it helps raise blood glucose so any or
all of these things might be occurring.
The only sign of problems we saw in Breez was hind leg weakness due to low blood sugar, the low blood sugar was found with a blood test for his kidneys, not because I had seen signs of insulinoma
Well if all goes well, I will have another x-ray done in two months, I will have his vet do a Necropsy and pathology when the time comes and let you know. I am very confident with what his vet has told me, she is a well known ferret vet in Holland and has spoken at symposiums the USA, but she has never seen this before, so she could not give me a time prognoses. For now I am going too go through the archives and see if I can find any more information, I will keep you all posted. Thanks again
PS I left of the last e on Breez because they pronounce it here in Holland and it sounds funny.
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