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Series of clinical cases and management of histopathologically diagnosis of squamous cell carcinoma in African pygmy hedgehogs (Atelerix albiventris)


Che' Amat, Azlan and Mazlan, Mazlina and Abba, Yusuf and Abdullah, Faez Firdaus Jesse and Lim, Eric Teik Chung and Haron, Nur Asyikin and Muhamad, Azim Salahuddin and Ahmad Affandi, Syahirah and Abdullah, Abraham Gabriel and Peter, Innocent Damudu and Bitrus, Asinamai Athliamai and Wan Jaafar, Wan Nor Fitri and Hambali, Idris Umar and Thlama, Bura Paul (2020) Series of clinical cases and management of histopathologically diagnosis of squamous cell carcinoma in African pygmy hedgehogs (Atelerix albiventris). Jurnal Veterinar Malaysia, 32 (1). pp. 19-23. ISSN 0128-2506; ESSN: 2682-9339


Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is frequently seen as an invasive cutaneous tumour that can be fatal in animals. In this case series, the clinical management of histopathologically diagnosis of SCC in three different individuals of African pygmy hedgehogs is described. In two of the cases presented, the tumours were presented as an oral mass on the gingiva, which were ulcerative and septic. Lumpectomy was performed in both cases and histopathology revealed encapsulated mass composed of neoplastic cells showing squamous differentiation arranged in islands with presence of keratin pearls, intercellular bridges and frequent mitotic figures which are typical features of squamous cell carcinoma. Following lumpectomy, the two hedgehogs were discharged but were later found to developed ocular lesion and anorexia before they were found dead. In the third case, SCC was diagnosed on the phalanges of the 3rd and 4th digits and surgical resection was successfully performed in this case and post-surgical complications were not recorded. Squamous cell carcinoma is one of the most common malignant tumours in African pygmy hedgehogs. In this case series, three cases of SCC were diagnosed using histopathology which two of the cases had predilections in the oral cavity while the third one only involved the digits.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Agriculture
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Institute of Tropical Agriculture and Food Security
Publisher: Veterinary Association Malaysia
Keywords: African pygmy hedgehog; Squamous cell carcinoma; Histopathology; Management; Lumpectomy
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2020 02:23
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2020 02:23
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/37362
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