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1 December 2014 CHYLOUS ASCITES IN A HEDGEHOG (ATELERIX ALBIVENTRIS)
Yoon-Seok Roh, Eun-Ju Kim, Ara Cho, Min-Su Kim, Ho-Seong Cho, Chae Woong Lim, Bumseok Kim
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An African pygmy hedgehog (Atelerix albiventris) was diagnosed as chylous ascites with biliary cirrhosis. Abdomenocentesis revealed a milky fluid with a 324 mg/dl triglyceride level. On serum biochemical examination, the hedgehog had hypoalbuminemia, hypoglycemia, and high blood urea nitrogen. There was no cytologic or genomic evidence of infection, and a blood culture was negative. Histopathologic examination revealed a liver with proliferative bile ducts that were often surrounded by prominent septa of fibrous connective tissue. In the area of ductular reaction, proliferative cells positive for CD66, an embryogenic antigen of epithelial cells, were revealed. The potential association between chylous ascites and liver cirrhosis is undetermined but could be an aspect of future study. This is the first description of chylous ascites in a hedgehog.

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Yoon-Seok Roh, Eun-Ju Kim, Ara Cho, Min-Su Kim, Ho-Seong Cho, Chae Woong Lim, and Bumseok Kim "CHYLOUS ASCITES IN A HEDGEHOG (ATELERIX ALBIVENTRIS)," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 45(4), 951-954, (1 December 2014). https://doi.org/10.1638/2013-0164.1
Received: 23 July 2013; Published: 1 December 2014
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