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From: Katrina Ramsell
Date: 2012-01-23 16:18:01 UTC
Subject: RE: [ferrethealth] Diagnosis Questions
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During the surgery for the liver lesion, both lobes of the pancreas should be thoroughly inspected for insulinomas. It would be a good idea to biopsy a couple of abdominal lymph nodes (e.g. gastric and/or duodenal) as this may tell you if your ferret has lymphoma or at least give you an indication if she has inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). GI biopsies of the distal stomach, duodenum, and jejunum would give you a definitive diagnosis if your ferret has IBD, but it would extend the surgery and anesthesia time. Both adrenal glands should also be inspected during the surgery. The samples (liver lesion, pancreatic masses, and lymph nodes) should all be sent to a ferret knowledgeable histopathologist (not just a big lab that routinely does dogs and cats). My normal reference range for glucose in ferrets is 80-120 mg/dl. A complete blood panel (including lipase) should be done at least a few days prior to surgery.

Katrina Ramsell Ph.D, DVM

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> Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2012 02:38:55 -0500
> Subject: [ferrethealth] Diagnosis Questions
> Our Ferret, Sandy, was recently implanted with a Deslorelin Implant, and during her pre implantation physical and ultrasound exams, the Vet came up with the following portions of a multi portion diagnosis:
> "Multiple abnormal cranial mesenteric lymph nodes were visualized. The mesentery appeared slightly hyperchoic." As well her blood glucose level was listed as being 66 mg/dl.


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