Tumors of the Musculoskeletal and Nervous Systems in Ferrets
Treatment and care are dependent upon the diagnosis, and vary according to the type and size of tumors identified. Chordoma usually occurs on the tip of the tail and is generally cured with amputation of the tail. Treatment of osteoma, on the other hand, is only necessary if symptoms appear. For other types of neoplasia in the musculoskeletal or nervous system, surgical removal or amputation may be an option; this, however, depends on the diagnosis and patient’s status.
Chemotherapy may be an option; however, there is little information about this treatment method for ferrets and an oncologist should be consulted. The veterinarian may also look to similar cases of neoplasia in canine and feline patients in order to determine a possible treatment plan for ferrets.
Living and Management
Follow-up care and prognosis depend upon the diagnosis and the treatment performed. The patient should be monitored for symptoms and veterinary checkups will most likely be required to assess the success of treatment and progress of tumor growth.
Due to the fact that there are no known causes or risk factors that may lead to the development of musculoskeletal or nervous system tumors in ferrets, there is no known method of prevention when it comes to these conditions.
Small structures that filter out the lymph and store lymphocytes
A gland that aids in both digestive and insulin functions
The prediction of a disease’s outcome in advance
Low amounts of glucose in the blood
peripheral nervous system
That part of the nervous system that includes the cranial nerves and spinal nerves
The process of removing tissue to examine it, usually for medical reasons.
The abdominal wall is a group of bones, muscles, and vital tissues that make up the wall around the organs in the abdomen. Inside these bones, muscles, and tissues is a cavity, and the cavity is what houses the vital organs found inside the abdomen. The abdominal wall is vital for protection of these organs.
The process of removing all or part of a body part; usually refers to a limb (arm or leg) and is done for medical reasons.
A medical condition in which an animal is unable to control the movements of their muscles; may result in collapse or stumbling.
The space in the abdomen that holds the major digestive organs in an animal. Normally referred to as the area between the diaphragm and the pelvis. Also referred to as the peritoneal cavity.
Something that has to do with changes in the structure of the body as the result of cells that are diseased or abnormal in some way
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