Spontaneous thecoma in a spayed pet ferret (mustela putorius furo) with alopecia and swollen vulva

Alex Martínez, Jorge Martinez, Ares Burballa, Jaime Martorell

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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 hormone-producing thecoma in a female ferret with alopecia and swollen vulva. © 2011 Elsevier Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)308-312
JournalJournal of Exotic Pet Medicine
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2011


  • Alopecia
  • Ferret
  • Ovarian remnant
  • Swollen vulva
  • Thecoma


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