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Spontaneous Thecoma in a Spayed Pet Ferret (Mustela putorius furo) with Alopecia and Swollen Vulva
- MartÃnez, Alex, Martinez, Jorge, Burballa, Ares, Martorell, Jaime
- Journal of exotic pet medicine 2011 v.20 no.4 pp. 308-312
- alopecia, clinical examination, ferrets, histopathology, image analysis, laparotomy, pets, pruritus, radiography, vulva
- A 4-year-old, spayed female ferret (Mustela putorius furo) presented for alopecia, pruritus, and swollen vulva. The ferret was treated for a suspected ovarian remnant at 1.5 years of age. On presentation, the physical examination revealed a large, hard, nonpainful caudal intraabdominal mass. The results of diagnostic blood tests and radiographic images were nonspecific relative to determining a definitive diagnosis. An exploratory laparotomy was performed to remove the mass. Histopathology identified the mass as a thecoma. Although neoplasia is common in ferrets, reproductive system malignancies are underreported in this species because most are acquired as gonadectomized pets. The following article describes a case of a sex hormoneâproducing thecoma in a female ferret with alopecia and swollen vulva.