Reference Sheet: Rhabdomyolysis

Reference Sheet: Rhabdomyolysis

SO WHAT IS RHABDOMYOLYSIS ANYWAYS?

Rhabdomyolysis is the breakdown of muscle tissue due to some type of direct or indirect injury to the muscle. Some potential causes of rhabdomyolysis: fall, crushed injury, prolonged immobilization, seizures, low phosphate levels, and or use of cholesterol lowering medications called “statins” etc.

The contents of the muscle fibers are released into the blood stream. The protein that is released is called myoglobin. Myoglobin is hard on the kidneys. Thus, kidney failure is often seen. Aggressive IV fluid hydration, addressing the causative agent(s), and monitoring labs values closely, are the key interventions to helping reverse the harmful effects of rhabdomyolysis. Often a nephrologist is also consulted to follow along for specific recommendations.

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