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Ferrets

Chordoma

Contributor(s): Cathy Johnson-Delaney, Joerg Mayer

Introduction

  • These localized tumors of the spinal cord are rare in most mammals except ferrets. 
  • Cause: embryonic origin.
  • Signs: mass on tail, or neurological signs associated with spinal cord suppression.
  • Diagnosis: biopsy, histopathology.
  • Treatment: exision or tail amutation.
  • Prognosis: good with removal.

Pathogenesis

Etiology

  • Considered to be of embryonic origin of the notochord and tend to affect the tail of the ferret.

Diagnosis

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Treatment

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Outcomes

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Yui T, Ohmachi T, Matsuda K et al (2015) Histochemical and immunohistochemical characterization of chordoma in ferrets. J Vet Med Sci 77 (4), 467-473 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Lewis W (2009) Ferrets: Nervous and Musculoskeletal Disorders. In: BSAVA Manual of Rodents and Ferrets. Eds: Keeble E & Meredith A. BSAVA, Quedgely, UK. pp 303-310.


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