Eosinophilic leukemia in three African pygmy hedgehogs (Atelerix albiventris) and validation of Luna stain Academic Article uri icon


  • Neoplasia is usually encountered in the African pygmy hedgehog at a mean age of 3.5 y, and malignancy is common. Myelogenous leukemias are rarely reported in hedgehogs. We describe 3 cases of eosinophilic leukemia in adult, middle-aged (mean age: 2.3 y) hedgehogs, for which prognosis appears grave. In 1 case, attempted treatment was unsuccessful, and in all 3 cases, the disease course was rapid and all died soon after diagnosis. Blood smear evaluation, along with complete blood count, was critical in making the diagnosis in all cases. Luna stain was validated and used to better visualize eosinophils in cytologic and histologic sections. Electron microscopy confirmed the presence of specific granules in hedgehog eosinophils.

author list (cited authors)

  • Martínez-Jiménez, D., Garner, B., Coutermarsh-Ott, S., Burrell, C., Clark, S., Nabity, M., ... Cazzini, P.

citation count

  • 5

publication date

  • January 2017