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T cell lymphoma in the lumbar spine of a domestic ferret (Mustela putorius furo)
  1. C. S. Hanley, DVM1,
  2. G. H. Wilson, DVM1,
  3. P. Frank, DVM, DipACVR2,
  4. D. K. A. James, DVM1,
  5. K. P. Carmichael, DVM3,
  6. D. Pesti, MS1 and
  7. B. Ritchie, DVM, PhD, DipABVP1
  1. 1 Department of Small Medicine
  2. 2 Department of Radiology
  3. 3 Department of Pathology, University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine, Athens, GA 30602-7390, USA


A 22-month-old castrated male ferret developed acute pelvic limb paresis. Radiographs and computed tomography revealed a soft tissue mass with associated bony lysis of 15, and ultrasound-guided fine needle aspirates suggested that it was a lymphoma. Treatment with prednisone at immunosuppressive doses did not produce any detectable improvement in the ferret's clinical signs and it became moribund less than two weeks after they developed. A postmortem biopsy confirmed the presence of a lymphoma which had invaded the vertebral bone. No viruses were detected by cell culture, or electron microscopy.

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