Tricholoma equestre - How common is this?

Scott Mcphee hyphae1 at
Tue Oct 16 04:06:50 EST 2001

There were couple paragraphs that were left out of that Associated
Press report. This was mostly reaction by Dennis Benjamin. This can be
viewed at:


Scott Mcphee

"R.G.Woodside" <richwood at> wrote in message news:<3BA791B2.137A18AB at>...
> A short article from Associated Press published in the local paper
> describes a Tricholoma sp. as being popular across Europe and North
> America. What have I been missing? [-- insert suitable emoticon here --]
> Has anyone reading this tried it?
> Richard Woodside,
> Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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> Wild mushroom may destroy muscles
> A wild mushroom popular across Europe and North America may dissolve
> muscles and prove toxic in people who continually eat it, says a study
> in the New England Journal of  Medicine.
> Twelve people were hospitalized for severe weakness and muscle loss
> after eating the mushrooms, and three of them  died, wrote Dr. Regis
> Bedry of University Hospital Pellegrin in Bordeaux, France.
> The only connection among the cases, which occurred from 1992 to 2000,
> was that all 12 had eaten at least three straight meals of Tricholoma
> equestre.
> The mushroom, which has a bright yellow cap, is known in North America
> as "man on horseback" or "yellow-knight fungus" and in France as
> "bidaou" and "canari"
> Bedry said he confirmed the mushroom's toxicity by feeding extracts to
> mice and measuring creatine kinase, an enzyme produced during muscle
> breakdown, in the blood.
> - The Associated Press
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> Brief Report:Wild-Mushroom Intoxication as a Cause of Rhabdomyolysis
> Bedry R., Baudrimont I., Deffieux G., Creppy E. E., Pomies J. P.,
> Ragnaud J. M., Dupon M., Neau D., Gabinski C., De Witte S., Chapalain J.
> C., Beylot J., Godeau P.  
> N Engl J Med 2001; 345:798-802, Sep 13, 2001.
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