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Rhabdomyolysis (cont.)

Rhabdomyolysis Prognosis

Rhabdomyolysis is the cause for a significant percentage of patients with kidney failure. While the mortality rate for this disease is approximately 5%, the risk of death depends the underlying health of the patient, the amount of muscle damage and other associated injuries. If kidney failure occurs, the mortality rate can increase significantly.

Complications of muscle breakdown can be minimized by early recognition of rhabdomyolysis and medical intervention that may include aggressive intravenous fluid hydration.

Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care


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Vanholder, R etal. Rhabdomyolysis. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. 11:8. 2000 p. 1153-1161.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/1/2015

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