Acinic cell carcinoma in an African pygmy hedgehog (Atelerix albiventris)

Ryuji Fukuzawa, Kazuhiro Fukuzawa, Hitoshi Abe, Toshihiro Nagai, Kaori Kameyama

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A male African pygmy hedgehog (Atelerix albiventris), estimated to be 3 years old, presented with exophthalmos and fixed abduction of the right eye. Radiographic examination revealed a retrobulbar tumor in the right orbital cavity. The mass was surgically resected but recurred 3 months later and the hedgehog died. There was no gross or microscopic evidence of salivary or lacrimal gland involvement of the tumor at surgery or at necropsy. The histopathologic, immunohistochemical, and ultrastructural findings were those of acinic cell carcinoma, the origin of which was unknown. This is the first known case of acinic cell carcinoma in an African hedgehog.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-42
Number of pages4
JournalVeterinary Clinical Pathology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Mar
Externally publishedYes


  • Acinic cell carcinoma
  • Amylase
  • Atelerix albiventris
  • Hedgehog
  • Lacrimal gland
  • Salivary gland

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Veterinary


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