Rhabdomyolysis: have you considered food poisoning from quails?

Abstract

Rhabdomyolysis (R) is a complex condition involving the rapid dissolution of damaged or injured skeletal muscle. This leads to the direct release of intracellular components, including myoglobin, creatine kinase, aldolase, and lactate dehydrogenase, as well as electrolytes, into the bloodstream and extracellular space. Clinically, R shows a triad of symptoms: myalgia, limb weakness, and myoglobinuria without hematuria, while myoglobin has been recognized as playing a part in the development of acute kidney injury.

Coturnism is a relatively rare disease, mostly found in the European countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, characterized by acute R. It follows the consumption of Coturnix coturnix, a species of quails common in Europe, that have ingested the toxic substances (and especially coniine) present in the herbaceous plant called hemlock (Conium maculatum). Coniine may be lethal at a dose of 150 mg but it has neurotoxic effects at smaller doses, with acute R and acute kidney injury. Freezing and cooking the meat does not inactivate the alkaloids present in the birds’ flesh and digestive tract. The clinical course of coturnism includes neurotoxicosis, tremor, vomiting, muscle paralysis, respiratory paralysis/failure, R and acute kidney injury. In appropriate geographical and temporal settings, it should be considered when diagnosing patients with acute R. The genetic, biochemical and epidemiological characteristics of coturnism are not yet fully known, while we wait reliable data from experimental studies.

 

Keywords: hemlock, coniine, coturnism, acute kidney injury, quails, rhabdomyolisis

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Introduzione

La rabdomiolisi (R) (letteralmente dissoluzione del muscolo striato) è una condizione medica complessa che comporta la rapida dissoluzione del muscolo scheletrico danneggiato. L’interruzione dell’integrità del muscolo scheletrico porta al rilascio diretto di componenti intracellulari, tra cui mioglobina, creatina chinasi (CK), aldolasi e lattato deidrogenasi, nonché elettroliti, nel torrente ematico e nello spazio extracellulare [1]. La lesione muscolare si manifesta generalmente con un danno diretto del sarcolemma e/o una riduzione di ATP cellulare che porta ad un incremento intracellulare di calcio (generalmente immagazzinato nel reticolo sarcoplasmatico tramite pompe ATP-dipendenti), distruzione della struttura fibrillare e successiva morte dei miociti. Questo provoca la liberazione delle sostanze intracellulari, in particolare della mioglobina, presente in concentrazione elevate [1].

 

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Carnitin-Palmitoyl Transferase type 2 deficiency: a rare cause of acute renal failure due to rhabdomyolysis

Abstract

Fatty acid oxidation disorders are inborn errors of metabolism. One of the possible alterations involves the failure of the carnitin-based transport of long-chain fatty acids into the mitochondria, necessary for muscle metabolism in case of prolonged physical exertion. Three kinds of Carnitin-Palmitoyl Transferase type 2 (CPT2) deficiency have been described: a myopathic form, a severe infantile form and a neonatal form. The clinical picture is characterized by recurrent attacks of rhabdomyolysis, muscular pains and fatigue, secondary to a prolonged physical exercise and sometimes aggravated by intercurrent events. Rhabdomyolysis episodes are associated with a significant increase in creatine phosphokinase and myoglobinuria and may result in acute renal failure. Patients are usually asymptomatic during intercurrent periods. When acute renal failure from rhabdomyolysis arises after intense physical activity, it is therefore necessary to also investigate the presence of metabolic myopathies due to enzymatic deficiency.

Keywords: deficit CPT2, rhabdomyolysis, acute renal failure

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Background

La rabdomiolisi può determinare quadri clinici differenti: dalla dismissione subclinica degli enzimi muscolari fino all’Insufficienza Renale Acuta (IRA). Ciò può associarsi a Crush Syndrome, ma in più dell’80% dei casi è presente una causa farmacologica; non vanno dimenticate possibili alterazioni strutturali o disordini metabolici ereditari delle cellule muscolari. Uno di questi è il deficit di Carnitin-Palmitoil Transferasi di tipo 2 (CPT2), anomalia ereditaria autosomica recessiva dell’ossidazione mitocondriale degli acidi grassi a catena lunga (LCFA), necessari per il metabolismo muscolare in caso di sforzo fisico prolungato [1].  

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Abstract

Fatty acid oxidation disorders are inborn errors of metabolism. One of the possible alterations involves the failure of the carnitin-based transport of long-chain fatty acids into the mitochondria, necessary for muscle metabolism in case of prolonged physical exertion. Three kinds of Carnitin-Palmitoyl Transferase type 2 (CPT2) deficiency have been described: a myopathic form, a severe infantile form and a neonatal form. The clinical picture is characterized by recurrent attacks of rhabdomyolysis, muscular pains and fatigue, secondary to a prolonged physical exercise and sometimes aggravated by intercurrent events. Rhabdomyolysis episodes are associated with a significant increase in creatine phosphokinase and myoglobinuria and may result in acute renal failure. Patients are usually asymptomatic during intercurrent periods. When acute renal failure from rhabdomyolysis arises after intense physical activity, it is therefore necessary to also investigate the presence of metabolic myopathies due to enzymatic deficiency.

 

Keywords: deficit CPT2, rhabdomyolysis, acute renal failure

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Acute kidney injury and rhabdomyolysis after cocaine overdose: case report and literature review

Abstract

Cocaine, a natural alkaloid derived from the coca plant, is one of the most commonly used illicit drugs.
Cocaine abuse causes systemic adverse effects like stroke, myocardic infarction, arterial dissection, vascular thrombosis and rhabdomyolysis.
Cocaine use is, also, associated with renal complications such as acute kidney injury, vasculitis, acute interstitial nephritis, chronic kidney disease, malignant hypertension with thrombotic microangiopathy.
Acute kidney injury may or may be not associated to rhabdomyolysis.
Rhabdomyolysis caused by cocaine abuse is multifactorial, involving tissue ischemia secondary to vasoconstriction and cellular damage caused by the drug.
We report a 50-year-old man with history of chronic hepatitis C and substance abuse admitted to our unit with severe rhabdomyolysis and acute kidney failure after nasal insufflation of cocaine overdose. Renal function recovered after several treatments of dialysis.
We conclude that cocaine adversely impacts kidney function; in addition cocaine and rhabdomyolysis are the double danger for acute kidney injury. Medical management of cocaine toxicity requires a multisystem approach, with close monitoring cardiac, neurological and renal function.

Keywords: Acute kidney injury, rhabdomyolysis, cocaine

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Introduzione

La cocaina, un alcaloide del tropano presente nelle foglie della pianta di coca di eritroxilone, nota come il più potente stimolatore di origine naturale, esalta e prolunga gli effetti della stimolazione simpatica inibendo il reuptake delle catecolamine nelle terminazioni nervose (1, 2). 

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