Whats your favorite disease??

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  1. Orion12


    Jun 7, 2013
    Just a fun/dorky thread that I thought would make for good conversation and perhaps maybe I can learn something too :p

    So what is your favorite disease that you have either read about or seen at a clinic? Mine has always been a teratoma which is a benign tumor that can have literally anything in it! Usually they are very different then surrounding tissues and they can contain teeth, eyes, limbs, or just another completely separate tissue. So crazy and totally cool!! Surgery is the treatment for these tumors.

    Tell me about your favorite disease! If you know the mechanism behind the disease and how to treat it add that in too. :love:
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  3. cs5910

    cs5910 The Ohio State CVM 2017

    Jul 25, 2012
    My human friend had surgery for a teratoma! Apparently she absorbed her twin when she was in her mothers womb... They removed it when my friend was 18 years old...that critter had a lot of teeth and hair!!

    My favorites are the endocrine diseases (Cushing's, Addison's, Hypoparathyroidism etc)... I think the regulation of these diseases are extremely interesting.
  4. cadisestrama

    cadisestrama DAVIS C/O 2018!!! 2+ Year Member

    Feb 12, 2013
    someday, Hogwarts
    I haven't really had much experience with disease or whatnot. But I do like the Fibropapilloma virus in sea turtles that causes tumors. It's interesting 'cause not much is known about how it spreads and how to really control/treat it besides removing the tumors themselves.
  5. orca2011

    orca2011 PennWe c/o 2016!!! 5+ Year Member

    Sep 1, 2011
    Rhode Island
    I really like the prion diseases and would love to get involved in research on them. It started out as just an interest and then my friend's mom died from sporadic CJD, so it became way more personable.
  6. sunshinevet

    sunshinevet 7+ Year Member

    Aug 8, 2009
    Perth, Australia
    I love pancreatitis, septic peritonitis and love/hate parvo. Thats the critical care nerd coming out in me.
  7. cs5910

    cs5910 The Ohio State CVM 2017

    Jul 25, 2012
    Wow, I had no idea that we had CJD in the US yet...That's so sad.. I am really sorry about your friend :(
  8. cowgirla

    cowgirla Oklahoma 2014 7+ Year Member

    Oct 6, 2009
    If I had to do research, it would totally be on fescue toxicosis. I've been fascinated with it for years. I'm doing my grand rounds presentation on fescue in broodmares and all my reading is doing is creating more questions that no one has answered yet!

    I've also got a soft spot for Lyme and other tick borne diseases. And piroplasmosis. And equine encephalitides. And nutritional/metabolic diseases of dairy cattle. And Johnes. And Preg tox.

    (Wait, I had to pick one??)
  9. felinelvr44

    felinelvr44 Cornell c/o 2017

    Sep 21, 2012
    I looove prion disease. Get a few drinks in me and it's one of my favorite party topics. (Not even kidding - someone asked me at a party literally yesterday what my favorite disease was and I went on and on about prions for 20 minutes, scaring the hell out of them :D).

    Besides that, I've been enjoying learning about GI issues like IBD, colitis, enteritis, etc. I've been thinking about looking into internal medicine but we'll see how I feel in a few years.
  10. NStarz

    NStarz Ohio State c/o 2016 7+ Year Member

    Sep 25, 2009
    Prion diseases are really neat.

    Though, I have to admit, I'm really on a cancer kick lately. It's. So. Damn. Interesting.
  11. neocia

    neocia Class of 2019 2+ Year Member

    Jun 8, 2013
    As a kidney stone-sufferer myself (would not wish kidney stones on anyone!!), I'm interested in renal failure and bladder stones in animals. I also just took a friends' goldfish to get kidney cancer treatment, actually.
  12. wolfspeaker

    wolfspeaker 7+ Year Member

    Nov 9, 2008
    :thumbdown: Hate Johnes.

    I get a perverse pleasure in draining abscesses on livestock. :laugh:

    E: Yes, I know, not a disease.
  13. washbucket

    washbucket UC Davis c/o 2017

    Jul 29, 2012
    I've never seen a case of it, but my favorite infectious disease is far and away Yersinia pestis. I even have the Giant Microbe plushie of it (I call him Ernie the Plague Bacillus :laugh: ).

    I don't have a favorite genetic disease or environmentally caused disease...at the moment.
  14. JaynaAli

    JaynaAli Need it STAT or want it STAT? They're different. Bronze Donor 2+ Year Member

    Apr 22, 2013
    I love things you can find and diagnose in blood. Cytauxzoon, ehrlichias, and especially fungal infections like histoplasmosis. Granted, the diseases usually suck for the animals, but that goes to show that "cool" for a pathology-minded person isn't exactly "cool" for the animal. I mean, I wouldn't wish it on an animal by any means, but its very satisfying to be the one to discover the cause of the disease.
  15. orca2011

    orca2011 PennWe c/o 2016!!! 5+ Year Member

    Sep 1, 2011
    Rhode Island
    HAhaha. This is totally me. Someone once asked me a quick question about them and then I went on like 20 minute speech. I got so excited when my biochem group actually got assigned to due a presentation on them for class this year. I emailed me group and was like "I hate to be that person, but I'm like seriously excited about this one."

    I'm getting more interested in bladder stones. I have a guinea pig with sludge/possible stone issues and since no one really knows 100% what causes it and the best way to treat it, I've been doing a bit of reading on my own.
  16. orca2011

    orca2011 PennWe c/o 2016!!! 5+ Year Member

    Sep 1, 2011
    Rhode Island
    I don't think there has been any documented cases of the variant CJD ( the version from BSE infected products) but the sporadic version happens to I think a couple hundred people a year in the states. And then there is a familial and iatrogenic version of it too. And then all the other animal prion disease.

    I do feel bad that I get so excited over such a horrible disease. Hearing my friend describe what she and her mom went through is just heartbreaking and she's had a lot of difficulty dealing with the loss.
  17. cloverbug

    cloverbug 2+ Year Member

    Feb 21, 2013
    Urbana, IL
    I've always been fascinated by the Black Plague. I think it's because such a small organism caused a lot of damage in a very small amount of time, and how to prevent it really wasn't that hard to do. I also like how it reshaped Europe, in that blood types are highly skewed towards A now for some reason I can't fully remember and it's believed that it somehow produced a gene that doesn't make the thingy (the name escapes me) that HIV attaches to. That is pretty nifty.
  18. WhtsThFrequency

    WhtsThFrequency 10+ Year Member

    Jan 18, 2006

    Any of the systemic fungi - Blasto, Coccidiodes, Histoplasmosis.

    I also like the plant toxicoses - eg Veratrum californicum causing cyclopia in lambs

    Also GI diseases because they can be so complex....that's what I'm doing my fellowship in.
  19. WhtsThFrequency

    WhtsThFrequency 10+ Year Member

    Jan 18, 2006
    :laugh: Yup.

    Aside from the rabid horses I've have, my favorites were pythium taking over the entire third compartment (equivalent to the abomasum) in a camel and toxoplasmosis in a lemur. Also recently had a cool collision tumor - dog had both a meningioma AND lymphoma that had tracked all through the meninges.
  20. cs5910

    cs5910 The Ohio State CVM 2017

    Jul 25, 2012
    YES. I love draining/popping/squeezing hahah I know its gross, but its so rewarding. Epidermal inclusion cysts have become a hobby of mine at the clinic. :thumbup: :thumbup:
  21. Frozenshades

    Frozenshades Naps > School 5+ Year Member

    Oct 15, 2012
    Been pretty interested in Chagas disease lately. Seems to be not very well known (it's considered a neglected tropical disease), but it's on the move. Tricky to diagnose, tough to treat.
  22. WhtsThFrequency

    WhtsThFrequency 10+ Year Member

    Jan 18, 2006
    Funny story (as a Texan, you'll appreciate this).

    My first week on necropsy as a brand-new resident, the pathologist is quizzing the fourth years before we go out on the floor. We had a heart failure case, so he asks "Ok guys, what is a good differential for infectious heart disease in a dog, especially in Texas?"

    One of the students pipes up "Chagas!"

    I snicker to myself, thinking "Someone's been watching too much House."

    Pathologist goes "Good!"

    I internally go :eek: and think "Where the hell did I move?" :laugh: Chagas was like a footnote in my classes back on the East Coast!

    Take home message: if you end up practicing somewhere else, be prepared to move stuff up and down your differential list. Things you may have almost never heard of may be commonplace there!
  23. cs5910

    cs5910 The Ohio State CVM 2017

    Jul 25, 2012
    "It's never Lupus!" - Hehe I love House!! :laugh:
  24. Angelo84

    Angelo84 Tufts Class of 2011 10+ Year Member

    Jan 25, 2007
    Come to Colorado-my first inpatient was a plague case--fun coming out of Tufts where were we pretty much said plague exists in the south west moving on!
  25. washbucket

    washbucket UC Davis c/o 2017

    Jul 29, 2012
    Prarie dogs are a reservoir species in the southwest, right?
  26. Frozenshades

    Frozenshades Naps > School 5+ Year Member

    Oct 15, 2012

    It's sarcoidosis for sure this time.
  27. ChittyBang

    ChittyBang c/o 2018 hopeful

    May 18, 2013
    Westchester County, NY
    Demodectic mange.

    I also have a soft spot for what I lovingly call "thyroid kitties". You know, the skinny, greasy guys with sunken eyes? Love them.
  28. epivetlove

    epivetlove Texas A&M c/o 2018! 2+ Year Member

    Feb 25, 2013
    Zoonotic diseases all the way! I studied dengue, lassa, and hantavirus for my Master's program and just think anything that can spread from animals to people is fascinating.
  29. EngrSC

    EngrSC 5+ Year Member

    Jul 25, 2012
    Left Coast
    GI stuff because of my own health problems. I shadowed an internist and it was so fascinating. And endocrine diseases ... loved that section of my physio class :love:
  30. pulseczar

    pulseczar 2+ Year Member

    Aug 1, 2009
    i think schistosomes and giardia are really interesting parasites. I think we can all agree the first time we saw a giardia trophozoite we probably thought it was quite cute. :laugh:

    most interesting topic in vet school has to be acid-base electrolyte imbalances. Affects all systems and is, in my opinion, the toughest area of pathophysiology to grasp theoretically.
  31. skittles12

    skittles12 UTCVM class of 2014 2+ Year Member

    Apr 30, 2010
    I've always thought that laminitis is really interesting. Or EPM--mostly because one of my own horses had it.
  32. Finnsheep

    Finnsheep 2+ Year Member

    May 14, 2012
    Any of the ovine RNA viruses...

    Maedi-visna is by far the most fascinating to me, but Jaagsiekte, Cache Valley, Schmallenberg, and about a million others are deeply interesting.

    Scrapie holds a fair degree of interest, as does actinobacillus (Cruels abscesses). Enterotoxemia as well.

    Anything that has to do with sheep, really.

    I'm doing Haemonchus and OPP research right now.
  33. Jamr0ckin

    Jamr0ckin UTK c/o 2016 5+ Year Member

    Mar 21, 2010
    East TN
    Diabetes mellitus, Cushings, and DIC are 3 of my favorites. I'm a medicine girl. :)
  34. bunnity

    bunnity Penn 2014 5+ Year Member

    Jan 26, 2009
    Haha those are the ones that make me go, "But why can't I just cut it open instead?"
  35. Minnerbelle

    Minnerbelle Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Apr 2, 2009
    Yeah no kidding! A shelter cat in CO had huge submandibular lymphadenopathy that was missed because the staff just thought they were just big tom cat jowls. Yeah... well so we figured maybe it was just lymphoma. Next day this cat sneezes into one of the techs' face. That same day, another cat came in with huuuuge lymph nodes. I remembered then that one of the vets was like, "so the top three differentials for lymph nodes like this for cats around here are lymphoma, plague, or tularemia" when we first discovered the first cat's lymph node :eek:

    Turns out it wasn't plague or tularemia, but it gave us a huge scare and the tech had to go to urgent care.
  36. MysteryCat

    MysteryCat 2+ Year Member

    I'm kinda a trauma gal, but anything endocrine is really interesting to me as well. Also? I love this thread! :thumbup:
  37. Coquette22

    Coquette22 Welcome to the Madness Silver Donor 7+ Year Member

    Dec 21, 2009
    Nova Scotia
    Congestive heart failure. Odd, since it claimed my dog. But I just find it fascinating - the mechanisms, the pathology, the physiology. I'm one of those weird people who adores cardiac physiology and anatomy though.
  38. DVMDream

    DVMDream Don't disturb the snowflakes 7+ Year Member

    Jul 15, 2009
    The Dragon School
    Me too!! :D

    I love everything cardiac.. especially the congenital diseases... PDA? I can fix that... :)
  39. SV88


    Jun 15, 2013
    my slice of paradise
    the tick borne diseases are quite interesting.
  40. Whyevernot55

    Whyevernot55 OKSU 2016! 5+ Year Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    I am obsessed with all things neurology. This may or may not have something to do with the fact that my horse turned into a Super Cool neuro case last fall. I mean, cool if he wasn't personally my horse that I was dealing with.

    Also I'm working in a lab that deals in tick-borne disease and I absolutely love parasitology, so that's super fun.
  41. psilovethomas

    psilovethomas fading 7+ Year Member

    Jan 9, 2010
    I like radiology, so I like diseases the produce really cool images. Like splenic torsion, GDVs, and bone lesions.
  42. Trilt

    Trilt love doc + puppy snuggler extraordinaire Gold Donor 7+ Year Member

    Feb 10, 2008
    Not an animal disease, but on the prion topic, freaking fatal familial insomnia is terrifying. Live until you're in your later years, then you start having trouble sleeping. Then you can't sleep, ever. Even a coma can't get you REM sleep, and you die from that within a year or so. Ugh. Glad it's ridiculously rare.
  43. SV88


    Jun 15, 2013
    my slice of paradise
    Good lord, that sounds like something you'd see on Fringe.
  44. Kylana

    Kylana WCVM 2015 5+ Year Member

    Oct 17, 2007
    I like avian cholera (Pasteurella multocida) since it is crazy how quickly it can kill thousands of birds at once! Okay well I feel bad saying "like"...maybe I find it interesting and kind of scary?

    Echinococcus would be my next fav. I think Taeniid eggs are so pretty :)
  45. Crystalight33

    Crystalight33 UTK c/o 2017!! 2+ Year Member

    Dec 22, 2012
    Me three! Lol.

    My favorite would have to be hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. I think it's really cool how similar it is in cats and humans. Though now every time I see a cat that is down in the rear legs I'm thinking saddle thrombus :(
  46. EngrSC

    EngrSC 5+ Year Member

    Jul 25, 2012
    Left Coast
    That sounds horrific!!!! I've never even heard of it!

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