Rhabdomyolysis is the breakdown of muscle fibers resulting in the release of muscle fiber contents (myoglobin) into the bloodstream. Some of these are harmful to the kidney and can result in kidney damage. In severe cases, kidney failure and even death are possible.  

Risk factors include the following:

Symptoms 

Additional symptoms that may be associated with this disease include the following:

Call your healthcare provider or 911 if symptoms indicate rhabdomyolysis may be present.

Prevention:

Drink plenty of fluids after strenuous exercise to dilute the urine and flush the myoglobin out of the kidney. Proper hydration is also necessary after any condition or event that may involve damage to skeletal muscle.

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