Myofasciitis in the domestic ferret.

Academic Article


  • Since late 2003, an inflammatory disease of muscle and fascia has been diagnosed in several ferrets at Northwest ZooPath, and this report describes the condition in 17 ferrets. It is a disease of young ferrets, characterized by rapid onset of clinical signs, high fever, neutrophilic leukocytosis, treatment failure, and death (or euthanasia). Gross lesions include atrophy of skeletal muscle; red and white mottling and dilatation of the esophagus; and splenomegaly. Histologically, moderate to severe suppurative to pyogranulomatous inflammation is in the skeletal muscle and the fascia at multiple sites, including esophagus, heart, limbs, body wall, head, and lumbar regions. Myeloid hyperplasia of spleen and/or bone marrow also is a prominent feature. Ultrastructural lesions include mitochondrial swelling, intracellular edema, disruption of myofibrils and Z bands. Bacterial and viral cultures, electron microscopy, immunohistochemistry, and polymerase chain reaction were negative for a variety of infectious agents. The clinical presentation and distribution of lesions suggests that polymyositis in domestic ferrets is likely a distinct entity. The etiopathogenesis if this condition is not known.
  • Authors

  • Garner, MM
  • Ramsell, K
  • Schoemaker, NJ
  • Sidor, Inga
  • Nordhausen, RW
  • Bolin, S
  • Evermann, JF
  • Kiupel, M
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • January 2007
  • Published In


  • Animals
  • Esophagus
  • Fasciitis
  • Female
  • Ferrets
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Male
  • Microscopy, Electron, Transmission
  • Muscle, Skeletal
  • Myositis
  • Splenomegaly
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 17197621
  • Start Page

  • 25
  • End Page

  • 38
  • Volume

  • 44
  • Issue

  • 1