Astrocytoma in an African Hedgehog (Atelerix albiventris) Suspected Wobbly Hedgehog Syndrome

Miwa Exotic Animal Hospital, Tokyo, Japan.
Journal of Veterinary Medical Science (Impact Factor: 0.78). 05/2011; 73(10):1333-5. DOI: 10.1292/jvms.10-0341
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A 28-month-old African hedgehog was referred to our hospital with progressive tetraparesis. On the first presentation, the hedgehog was suspected as having wobbly hedgehog syndrome (WHS) and the animal was treated with medication and rehabilitation. The animal died 22 days after onset. Pathological examination revealed that the animal was involved in astrocytoma between the medulla oblongata and the spinal cord (C1). This report indicates that a primary central nervous system tumor should be considered as one of the differential diagnoses for hedgehogs presenting with progressive paresis, together with WHS.

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