Acute rhabdomyolysis caused by Spirulina (Arthrospira platensis)

Phytomedicine. 2008 Jun;15(6-7):525-7. doi: 10.1016/j.phymed.2008.03.003. Epub 2008 Apr 22.


Rhabdomyolysis is a potentially life-threatening disorder that occurs as a primary disease or as a complication of a broad spectrum of other diseases. We report the first case of acute rhabdomyolysis after ingestion of Spirulina (Arthrospira platensis), a plantonic blue-green alga, as a dietary supplement.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Dietary Supplements / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Rhabdomyolysis / chemically induced*
  • Spirulina*