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1 June 2001 UNILATERAL PROPTOSIS AND ORBITAL CELLULITIS IN EIGHT AFRICAN HEDGEHOGS (ATELERIX ALBIVENTRIS)
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Eight African hedgehogs (Atelerix albiventris) were presented with unilateral proptosis. Six animals presented specifically for an ocular problem, whereas two had concurrent neurologic disease. Enucleation and light microscopic examination of tissues was performed in five animals, and euthanasia followed by complete postmortem examination was performed in three animals. Histopathologic findings in all hedgehogs included orbital cellulitis, panophthalmitis, and corneal ulceration, with perforation in seven of eight eyes. The etiology of the orbital cellulitis was not determined, but it appeared to precede proptosis. Orbits in hedgehogs are shallow and the palpebral fissures are large, which may predispose them to proptosis, similar to brachycephalic dogs. This clinical presentation was seen in 15% (8/54) of African hedgehogs presented to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine over a 2-yr period from January 1995 to December 1996 and warrants further investigation.

Colette L. Wheler, Bruce H. Grahn, and Ann M. Pocknell "UNILATERAL PROPTOSIS AND ORBITAL CELLULITIS IN EIGHT AFRICAN HEDGEHOGS (ATELERIX ALBIVENTRIS)," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 32(2), (1 June 2001). https://doi.org/10.1638/1042-7260(2001)032[0236:UPAOCI]2.0.CO;2
Received: 19 January 2001; Published: 1 June 2001
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