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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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