Font Size

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 Rambod Rouhbakhsh, MD, MBA, FAAFP; American Board of Family Medicine


Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide 6th Edition, 2003.

Rosen's Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice, 6th Edition, 2006.

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

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/10/2014

Must Read Articles Related to Rhabdomyolysis

Chemical Burns
Chemical Burns Chemical burns can occur in the home, at work or school, and as a result of accident or assault.learn more >>
Drug Overdose
Drug Overdose Overdoses of drugs or chemicals can be either accidental or intentional. Drug overdoses occur when a person takes more than the medically recommended dose. Howe...learn more >>
Epilepsy Epilepsy is a condition in which a person has recurrent seizures. A seizure is defined as an abnormal, disorderly discharging of the brain's nerve cells, result...learn more >>

Patient Comments & Reviews

The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Rhabdomyolysis:

Rhabdomyolysis - Treatment

What was the treatment for your rhabdomyolysis?

Rhabdomyolysis - Describe Your Experience

Please describe your experience with Rhabdomyolysis.

Rhabdomyolysis - Symptoms

What symptoms did you experience with your rhabdomyolysis?

Medical Dictionary