Rhabdomyolysis - Consumer Justice Foundation


Written by Andrew Sarski on February 25, 2011
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Symptoms and Treatment of Rhabdomyolysis

While some individuals with rhabdomyolysis may display no signs of the disease at all, common symptoms include muscle aches and pain, stiffness, and muscle weakness. Sometimes rhabdomyolysis can also cause abnormal urine color, seizures, weight gain, and joint pain. The treatment of this condition depends upon its cause and severity. For instance, individuals who experience drug-induced rhabdomyolysis should discontinue use of the toxic medication. Unfortunately, some causes of this condition are unknown, which makes the appropriate treatment difficult to determine. Severe cases of rhabdomyolysis may require hospitalization, and the monitoring and management of electrolytes and kidney dysfunction. Generally, aggressive fluid intake can prevent kidney damage by rapidly flushing myoglobin out of the kidneys. Acute kidney damage is common in individuals suffering from rhabdomyolysis, but chronic kidney damage and kidney failure can be prevented with early treatment.

Complications Associated with Rhabdomyolysis

Depending on severity, rhabdomyolysis can usually be treated effectively, although severe cases can cause kidney damage and electrolyte imbalances, which may require hospitalization and even dialysis. Dead muscle tissue resulting from rhabdomyolysis can cause a large amount of fluid to move from the blood into the muscle, which may lead to reduced blood flow to the kidneys, causing kidney damage and kidney failure. The release of myoglobins into the bloodstream can cause blockage in the kidneys and may also result in renal failure. Major complications associated with this condition include acute tubular necrosis, acute renal failure, and severe hyperkalemia, which can lead to cardiac arrest and death. The prognosis of rhabdomyolysis depends largely on the extent of kidney damage.

Rhabdomyolysis Legal Help

It is estimated that 26,000 cases of rhabdomyolysis are reported each year in the United States alone. Rhabdomyolysis can be an extremely debilitating, potentially life-threatening disorder. The most serious complication is acute renal failure, which occurs in approximately fifteen percent of rhabdomyolysis victims. Victims of rhabdomyolysis may require hospitalization and dialysis in order to prevent the disorder from progressing. In severe cases of rhabdomyolysis, individuals may suffer from acute kidney damage, kidney failure, and even death. If you or a loved one has suffered from rhabdomyolysis and you believe pharmaceuticals to be the cause, contact a defective drug attorney. Pharmaceutical companies should be held accountable for the injuries sustained by consumers of their medications. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and a defective drug lawyer has the experience and knowledge necessary to help you develop a successful case.

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