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Rhabdomyolysis (cont.)

Rhabdomyolysis Follow-up

Creatinine kinase levels in the blood stream tend to peak within 24 hours after injury, and patients are typically monitored until these levels return closer to the normal range.

Potassium levels peak within a few hours of muscle damage, but if there is associated kidney impairment, the ability of the body to clear excess potassium into the urine is also impaired. If dialysis is not required, the patient will need to be monitored until potassium levels return to the normal range.

The cause for rhabdomyolysis will need to be addressed and corrected. Follow-up will depend upon the underlying condition.

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