Thursday, July 07, 2011

Treatment Options

Dr Duffy called to discuss Cooper's Cushings Disease diagnosis. Unfortunately, Dr Duffy did not have the detailed blood test results, so we spoke in generalities. Dr Duffy did not recommend surgery. To remove an adrenal gland is a difficult surgery, since this is located close to major arteries, including the aorta.

Medication could be used to block the hormones which are being produced. The preferred medication is safe with few side effects. Dr Duffy said if Coop's symptoms are not severe, we could wait to begin treatment.

Dr Duffy is going to speak with the Cornell vet. After Dr Duffy has all the details, we will determine what to do. I was very relieved to hear that surgery was not recommended.

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