Exertional rhabdomyolysis in a body builder abusing anabolic androgenic steroids

Eur J Emerg Med. 2001 Jun;8(2):155-7. doi: 10.1097/00063110-200106000-00015.


Rhabdomyolysis, or acute skeletal muscle destruction, may be accompanied by myoglobinaemia, myoglobinuria, and an elevated serum creatine kinase level. This disorder has many potential causes. In this article, the authors describe a case of rhabdomyolysis occurring after vigorous weight lifting by a man who was supplementing his weight-training programme with the intake of anabolic androgenic steroids dispensed to him by a colleague.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anabolic Agents / adverse effects*
  • Creatine Kinase / blood
  • Doping in Sports*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Muscle, Skeletal / drug effects
  • Myoglobinuria / chemically induced
  • Rhabdomyolysis / chemically induced*
  • Rhabdomyolysis / diagnosis
  • Weight Lifting*


  • Anabolic Agents
  • Creatine Kinase