Message Number: FHL14038 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2011-09-14 16:50:02 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] abstract (info on bile duct problems also in separate FHL Archives)
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J Vet Diagn Invest. 2011 Jul;23(4):836-9.

Cholestasis and cholelithiasis in a domestic ferret (Mustela putorius furo).

Hall BA, Ketz-Riley CJ.

1Brittany Hall, Oklahoma State University, Center for Veterinary Health Sciences,
1 BVMTH, Stillwater, OK 74078.

A 3-year-old female spayed domestic ferret (Mustela putorius furo) was presented
for evaluation of severely increased liver enzyme activities noted prior to
anesthesia. The ferret showed no clinical signs of liver or gall bladder disease.
Serum biochemical profile confirmed elevations in alanine aminotransferase and
alkaline phosphatase activity and total bilirubin concentration. Abdominal
ultrasound revealed a distended and convoluted common bile duct although no
obstruction was seen. Upon exploratory laparotomy, a large amount of sediment was
found within the bile duct that appeared to be obstructing it, but no other cause
for the obstruction was found. A choledochoduodenostomy was performed, and the
ferret recovered uneventfully from surgery. Liver enzyme activities returned to
normal by 5 days post-operatively. Biopsy and culture results yielded no
definitive cause of the bile duct obstruction. Cholestasis is a rarely reported
disease in ferrets and generally has been described in connection with neoplasia
or parasitism, neither of which was found in the current case.

PMID: 21908335 [PubMed - in process]

Sukie (not a vet)

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