Oak leaf (Quercus spp.) intoxication in a sheep

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S. De Backer

K. Chiers

L. Van Brantegem

Published Jun 30, 2021


A twenty-year-old ewe presented with acute lateral decubitus, tremor and dyspnea, followed by death. Post-mortem examination revealed a large amount of oak leaves in the rumen, reticulum and omasum. The duodenum had a focal hemorrhagic content and multifocal hemorrhages were present in several organs. Histopathological examination of the kidneys showed characteristic lesions of oak intoxication, such as intratubular hemorrhage, tubular degeneration and necrosis. This case report illustrates the importance to include oak intoxication in the differential diagnosis of acute death in sheep and the value of post-mortem and histopathological examination.

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