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BMJ Case Rep. 2009;2009. pii: bcr07.2009.2099. doi: 10.1136/bcr.07.2009.2099. Epub 2009 Dec 17.

Myositis, rhabdomyolysis and compartment syndrome complicating influenza A in a child.

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Great Ormond Street Hospital, Department of Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care, 4th Floor VCB, Great Ormond Street, London WC1N 3JH, UK.


A previously fit and healthy 8-year-old boy died following severe complications of influenza A. He developed lethargy and vomiting before presentation. On presentation to medical attention, on day 4 of his illness, he was in extremis and had extensive myositis, rhabdomyolysis, renal failure and compartment syndrome, which were resistant to supportive medical management.

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