Capture myopathy


  • Nicole Rosenhagen DVM PAWS Wildlife Center, PO Box 1037, Lynnwood, WA 98046, USA



Exertional rhabdomyolysis, white muscle disease, stress, wildlife rehabilitation


Capture myopathy is a condition that manifests after prolonged pursuit, entrapment, restraint, live-stranding and/or transport. Its effects are wide-ranging and often life-threatening. All wild animals are susceptible to this condition, though particular species seem to be predisposed. A diagnosis of capture myopathy revolves around the animal’s natural and individual history as well as any clinical signs, although, in many cases, a definitive diagnosis cannot be made or is only determined post-mortem. Successful management often relies on aggressive fluid support, pain management and physical therapy.


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How to Cite

Rosenhagen, N. (2023). Capture myopathy. Wildlife Rehabilitation Bulletin, 41(2), 32–35.



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