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Hyperthyroidism in connection with suspected diabetes mellitus in a chinchilla (Chinchilla laniger)


Fritsche, R; Simova-Curd, S; Clauss, Marcus; Hatt, J M (2008). Hyperthyroidism in connection with suspected diabetes mellitus in a chinchilla (Chinchilla laniger). Veterinary Record, 163(15):454-456.

Abstract

A six year-old female chinchilla was presented because of progressive weight loss. At the clinic, a yeast-stomatitis, a severely elevated glucose level and glucosuria were found. However, 10 days of diabetes mellitus therapy with glipizide did not halt weight loss. Evaluation of T4 level indicated the presence of hyperthyroidism. Treatment of the hyperthyroid state with locally applied thiamazole ointment was successful in that the animal gained weight. This case illustrates that hyperthyroidism can also occur in chinchillas and should be included in the differential diagnoses for a diabetic state in this species, especially in the absence of ketonuria and presence of low fructosamine blood levels

Abstract

A six year-old female chinchilla was presented because of progressive weight loss. At the clinic, a yeast-stomatitis, a severely elevated glucose level and glucosuria were found. However, 10 days of diabetes mellitus therapy with glipizide did not halt weight loss. Evaluation of T4 level indicated the presence of hyperthyroidism. Treatment of the hyperthyroid state with locally applied thiamazole ointment was successful in that the animal gained weight. This case illustrates that hyperthyroidism can also occur in chinchillas and should be included in the differential diagnoses for a diabetic state in this species, especially in the absence of ketonuria and presence of low fructosamine blood levels

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Veterinary Clinic > Department of Small Animals
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
630 Agriculture
Uncontrolled Keywords:Chinchilla, diabetes mellitus, hyperthyroidism
Language:English
Date:11 October 2008
Deposited On:02 Dec 2008 16:51
Last Modified:02 Oct 2016 07:38
Publisher:British Veterinary Association
ISSN:0042-4900
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1136/vr.163.15.454
Official URL:http://veterinaryrecord.bvapublications.com
PubMed ID:18849579

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