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Oral squamous cell carcinoma in a greater hedgehog tenrec (Setifer setosus)
  1. Sean Brady1,2,
  2. Tara Harrison3,
  3. Carlos O Rodriguez Jr4,
  4. Amanda Johnson5 and
  5. Raymund F Wack6
  1. 1Veterinary Housecalls, San Clemente, California, USA
  2. 2Department of Zoological Medicine, University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Davis, California, USA
  3. 3Exotic Animal Medicine Service, North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  4. 4Department of Surgical and Radiological Science, University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Davis, California, USA
  5. 5Department of Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology, University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Davis, California, United States
  6. 6Department of Medicine and Epidemiology, University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Davis, California, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Tara Harrison, tara_harrison{at}ncsu.edu

Abstract

A five-year-old male greater hedgehog tenrec (Setifer setosus) presented with an oral mass and osteolysis of the mandible. Histopathology characterised the mass as a squamous cell carcinoma with extension into the alveolar bone. The patient was treated with intralesional bleomycin, clindamycin, meloxicam and enrofloxacin. After seven weeks of treatment, the animal's condition declined. Radiographs indicated progression of the lesions. Due to its worsening clinical condition and poor response to therapy, the animal was humanely euthanased. This is the first description of squamous cell carcinoma in a greater hedgehog tenrec and the first reported use of intralesional bleomycin in this species.

  • Greater Madagascar hedgehog tenrec
  • Setifer setosus
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Bleomycin
  • Neoplasia
  • Oral Hemorrhage
  • Received March 7, 2016.
  • Revision received June 1, 2016.
  • Accepted June 2, 2016.

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