Pancreatic Cancer (Glucagonoma) in Dogs
Surgical removal of the neoplasm is the only method of cure. However, this may be risky as there is a high rate of post-operation death reported in dogs. Further, glucagonoma syndrome is associated with thromboembolic disease (in which a blood clot that has formed breaks free and moves through the blood stream to clot a blood vessel), which can occur postoperatively.
Hypoaminoacidemia, a condition associated with glucagonoma, in which an abnormally low concentration of amino acids is in the blood, may also occur concurrent with glucagonoma. A high-protein and egg white diet may help to deal with the effects of hypoaminoacidemia and thereby relieve related skin conditions. Zinc and fatty acid supplementation may also aid in relieving skin symptoms.
Medications, such as anti-yeast formulations or antibiotics, may be prescribed to treat secondary yeast or other infections that may develop in accordance with glucagonoma.
Living and Management
Following initial treatment, the patient’s blood work should be monitored regularly and follow-up ultrasounds should be performed to monitor for metastasis (in which the cell irregularity spreads to other parts of the body).
The group of processes that involve the use of nutrients by the body
A hormone created by the pancreas that helps to regulate the flow of glucose
The growth of pathogens away from the original site of the disease
A gland that aids in both digestive and insulin functions
A type of fungus that produces buds
Referring to the liver
A type of slime that is made up of certain salts, cells, or leukocytes
A hormone that increases the amount of glucose in the blood; secreted by the pancreas
A condition in which the skin becomes inflamed
The process of removing tissue to examine it, usually for medical reasons.
Anything having to do with the stomach
The digestive tract containing the stomach and intestine
The name for the reproductive organs
Organic substances that aid in the creation of proteins; also the end product of the decomposition of certain proteins.
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