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  • Fever then no fever then fever again

  • Periodic fever (>100.4°F / 38°C)

  • Remittent fever of 102.2°F / 39°C

  • Pain in legs

  • Stomach was uncomfortable, then had a fever

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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is rhabdomyolysis?

Rhabdomyolysis is caused by the breakdown of muscle fibers, which release their contents into the blood, leading to electrolyte disturbances and kidney failure. If not treated, it can be potentially fatal. Causes include crush injuries to muscles, overexertion, alcohol misuse, and certain medications that can cause spontaneous muscle injury.

Symptoms of rhabdomyolysis

  • Fever

  • Taking medication for high cholesterol

  • Muscle pain

  • Bloody or red urine

  • Pain in the arms and/or legs

  • Weakness in arms or legs

  • Muscle pain in the limbs when pressed or squeezed

  • Fatigue

Questions your doctor may ask to check for rhabdomyolysis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose rhabdomyolysis

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Are you taking cholesterol-lowering medications?

  • Do you have muscle pain?

  • Have you ever had red or brown urine?

  • Do your arms and/or legs hurt?

Treatment for rhabdomyolysis

Rhabdomyolysis treatment involves fluid support to flush toxins from the body and prevent kidney failure. Muscles typically recover over time. If the kidney stops functioning, temporary dialysis may be needed to remove toxins and maintain a healthy electrolyte balance. Physical therapy can help strengthen muscles after an initial recovery period.

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References

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Saqib Baig, MD, MS

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.

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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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