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Nephron. 1979;24(5):236-40.

Acute renal failure in marathon runners.

Abstract

The Comrades Marathon is a gruelling test of man's stamina and only trained athletes participate. It is surprising that of over 2,000 contestants each year on a 90-km (56.25-mile) course, severe cardiac and renal damage does not occur more often. We are able, however, to report 10 cases over 9 years when renal damage did occur. 3 cases required haemodialysis; 1 had peritoneal dialysis; 2 patients had renal biopsies. Possible idiosyncratic factors are discussed as is the pathogenesis of acute tubular necrosis.

PMID:
503265
DOI:
10.1159/000181723
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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