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Case Rep Emerg Med. 2015;2015:281540. doi: 10.1155/2015/281540. Epub 2015 Nov 26.

Low-Intensity Repetitive Exercise Induced Rhabdomyolysis.

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1
Baylor College of Medicine, Section of Emergency Medicine, 1504 Taub Loop, Houston, TX 77030, USA.
2
Baylor College of Medicine, Section of Emergency Medicine, Summer Medical and Research Training (SMART), 1504 Taub Loop, Houston, TX 77030, USA.

Abstract

Rhabdomyolysis is a rare condition caused by the proteins of damaged muscle cells entering the bloodstream and damaging the kidneys. Common symptoms of rhabdomyolysis are muscle pain and fatigue in conjunction with dark urine; kidney damage is a common symptom among these patients. We present a case of a 23-year-old woman who displayed myalgia in the upper extremities caused by low-intensity and high-repetition exercise. She was successfully diagnosed and treated for exertional rhabdomyolysis. This patient had no significant medical history that would induce this condition. We urge the emergency medical community to observe and monitor patients that complain of myalgia to ensure they are not suffering from rhabdomyolysis even in atypical cases.

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