A clinical syndrome resulting from direct or indirect muscle injury and subsequent release of myoglobin into the plasma.

Symptoms of Rhabdomyolysis

The following features are indicative of Rhabdomyolysis:
  • muscular pain
  • weakness
  • vomiting
  • mental confusion
  • tea-colored appearance of urine
  • irregular heartbeats

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Common Causes of Rhabdomyolysis

The following are the most common causes of Rhabdomyolysis:
  • crush injury
  • strenuous exercising
  • drug abuse

Risk Factors for Rhabdomyolysis

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Rhabdomyolysis:
  • alcohol misuse
  • trauma
  • people with a history of illicit drug use

Prevention of Rhabdomyolysis

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Rhabdomyolysis. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • avoid strenuous weight lifting

Occurrence of Rhabdomyolysis

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Rhabdomyolysis cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Rare between 10K - 50K cases

Common Age Group

Rhabdomyolysis can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Rhabdomyolysis can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Rhabdomyolysis

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Rhabdomyolysis:
  • CK test (Creatine kinase): Helps in diagnosis of the level of creatine kinase in the blood

Complications of Rhabdomyolysis if untreated

Yes, Rhabdomyolysis causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Rhabdomyolysis is left untreated:
  • kidney failure
  • high blood potassium
  • low blood calcium
  • disseminated intravascular coagulation
  • compartment syndrome

Procedures for Treatment of Rhabdomyolysis

The following procedures are used to treat Rhabdomyolysis:
  • RRT (Renal replacement therapy): The therapy that replaces the normal blood-filtering function of the kidneys

Self-care for Rhabdomyolysis

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Rhabdomyolysis:
  • avoid strenuous weight lifting

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Rhabdomyolysis.

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