Re: Thymoma - asking for information
Thanks so much for sharing your experience. That is an encouraging information! May I ask how old your bunny was when he was diagnosed with thymoma? Also, do you know how early it was caught? Unfortunately, according to his vet, Yogi's mass is pretty big, filling most of his chest cavity. He had no symptoms earlier (except for some noises that he was making sometimes when he was in a hen position that I never thought much about but now attribute them to the growing mass) and it was an incidental finding while addressing his GI issue. He had x-rays done before but I guess the mass was not visible or it was not caught.
Did you notice any side effects from prednisone?
Thanks again for this helpful information!
From: Cindy Fisher <clfisher17@...>
Sent: Wednesday, October 7, 2020 7:16 PM
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Subject: Re: [Etherbun Main] Thymoma - asking for information
I had a rabbit several years ago that was diagnosed with a thymoma. I had noticed the nictating membrane on both eyes was frequently visible and took him in thinking it was an eye infection. While he was there, the vet noted he was also having a little trouble breathing when he was put on his back. X-rays confirmed a mass in the upper thoracic. I had noticed several months earlier that he seemed to have a large dewlap for a male, but I didn’t think much of it at the time. The vet told me that thymomas come in two flavors - lymphocytic and nonlymphocytic. One responds to prednisone, the other doesn't. My rabbit was put on prednisone twice a day for 10 days and once a day thereafter. Fortunately, his thymoma was the type that responded. His eyes and breathing were back to normal within days. He was on prednisone for the remainder of his life, and he lived 1-1/2 years after his diagnosis. I suspect that he passed away from some sort of cancer; he slowly lost weight and lost the ability to lose his back legs despite eating normal quantities of food the last year of his life.
One of the other volunteers I work with at my local animal shelter also had a rabbit diagnosed with a thymoma that was put on prednisone. He lived for three years after diagnosis and passed away from other causes.