Consumption of which animal can lead to the development of acute rhabdomyolysis?
European migratory quails (Coturnism).
Acute rhabdomyolysis develops when damage to striated muscles occurs. A rarely reported cause of this syndrome is quail poisoning, also known as coturnism. Coturnism may develop after consumption of European migratory quails that feed on hemlock seeds containing the toxic alkaloid conine.
Korkmaz I et al. Quail Consumption can be Harmful. JEM 2011; 41(5): 499-502. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jemermed.2008.03.045
Submitted by: Mary O’Keefe, PharmD on behalf of Acute and Intensive Care Section