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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is rhabdomyolysis?

The breakdown of muscle fibers causes rhabdomyolysis. The contents of the muscle fibers spill over into the blood, causing electrolyte disturbances and kidney failure. If left untreated, it can be potentially fatal. Rhabdomyolysis is caused by crush injury to the muscles, overexertion, and alcohol misuse. Some medications are implicated in spontaneous muscle injury as well.

Symptoms of rhabdomyolysis

  • Muscle pain

  • Muscle pain in the limbs when pressed or squeezed

  • Fever

  • Pain in the arms and/or legs

  • Taking medication for high cholesterol

  • Fatigue

  • Weakness in arms or legs

  • Bloody or red urine

Questions your doctor may ask to check for rhabdomyolysis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose rhabdomyolysis

  • Do you have any muscle pain?

  • Do you have pain in the arm and the leg when they are grasped?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have pain in your arms and/or legs?

  • Are you currently taking cholesterol-lowering medications?

Treatment for rhabdomyolysis

Treatment of rhabdomyolysis includes fluid support to flush the body of the toxins, which can prevent kidney failure. The muscles usually recover with time. In cases where the kidney shuts down, the patient might need temporary dialysis to remove the toxins from the body while keeping a healthy electrolyte balance. Physical therapy can help you strengthen the muscles after an initial recovery period.

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Saqib Baig

Saqib Baig, MD, MS (Respiratory medicine, Critical Care, Internal medicine)

Dr. Baig graduated from Army Medical College (NUST) Pakistan in 2007. He did his internal medicine training from Baltimore, Maryland, USA during the years 2009-2013. He joined the internal medicine faculty practice at Medical College of Wisconsin in USA for 2 years before pursuing advanced training. He completed his pulmonary disease and critical care medicine fellowship from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School from 2015-2018. | | During his fellowship, Dr. Baig completed his master's in health care services management through Rutgers Business School. He currently serves as the medical director of respiratory therapy and pulmonary function lab and the clinical director of the COPD program at the Jane and Leonard Korman Respiratory Institute at Thomas Jefferson University. He holds the Assistant Professor of Medicine rank at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Baig's interests lie in respiratory physiology, airways disease, and data science.

Yoshinori Abe

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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