Sebaceous gland carcinoma in an African hedgehog ...

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Title Sebaceous gland carcinoma in an African hedgehog (Atelefix albiventris)
Author(s) Jose L. Ramirez, Larisa A. S. Chavez, Enrique F. Aburto, Liliana Aurora Ramos
Journal Veterinaria Mexico
Date 2008
Volume 39
Issue 1
Start page 91
End page 96
Abstract A sebaceous gland carcinoma was diagnosed in an adult African hedgehog (Atelerix albiventris). The neoplasm,was localized in the subcutis of the cervicall region and extendend towards the axilar region and along the thorax. The animal was admitted for surgical removal of the tumor but died during the procedure. It was not possible to rule out metastatic dissemination since the post-mortem study was not authorized by the owner. The aim of this report is to describe the microscopic and ultrastructural morphology of this neoplasm, as well as the clinical and surgical management of the patient, in order to bring information about neoplastic diseases in this species. There is little information on diseases affecting wildlife animals. Currently, in Mexico, there is big interest on acquiring pygmy African hedgehogs as pets. For this reason, it is necessary that veterinarians, working on these type of animals, have more information and take into account the sebaceous gland carcinoma as differential diagnosis among skin tumors in the hedgehog.
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