Date: 2011-05-11 11:24:22 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Helicobacter Mustelae tests available
Hello to everyone,
I am writing in the name of a friend who has problems with her female ferret, age 3 years old. I will try to be as brief as I can:
Symptoms (lasting for more than 9 months now): grinding teeth, caughing, fever from time to time, enlarged lymph nodes on her neck (since Sunday), large abdomen, tarry stool (but not always), loss of apetite, lethargy.
Blood tests indicated high urea (72) and low hemoglobin. Xrays showed an enlarged spleen.
My friend came with this ferret to Bucharest, after some doctors in her native town tried to treat this animal (long antibiotic cures, ibuprofen!!!, anti inflammatories).
My doctor operated her last night and removed a huge spleen (like 6 times bigger than normal), with tumours in the parenchyma. The top of the pancreas seemed inflamed, but he couldn’t tell exactly if it was the beginning of a tumour or an inflamed mesenteric node. We sent some tissue from the spleen for testing and pray to God this is not lymphoma.
Except from your opinion on this situation, I also need help with an advice on what type of tests are available for detection of Helicobacter Mustelae in your country that could be shipped here if we order. Can we apply a test for Helicobacter Pylori, will it be any relevant (we know there are so different, but just asking)? We cannot perform endoscopy here, unfortunately and we are trying to find a way to find out if this could be a reason of the ferret’s state.
Thank you so much. You’ve been so helpful to me in several occasions and I always come here with trust.
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