Exercise-induced rhabdomyolysis

N Z Med J. 2016 Sep 23;129(1442):89-92.


We report the case of a 34 year-old man who developed exercise-induced rhabdomyolysis after unaccustomed high-intensity exercise. Subclinical rhabdomyolysis is common after heavy exercise, yet it is uncommon for patients to seek medical advice. The presentation is variable and despite potentially life-threatening complications the diagnosis may be easily missed by patients and healthcare professionals. A high-index of suspicion is critical to avoid missing the diagnosis. We summarise the current knowledge, clinical course, complications and management of exercise-induced rhabdomyolysis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Exercise*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Rhabdomyolysis / diagnosis*
  • Rhabdomyolysis / etiology*
  • Rhabdomyolysis / therapy
  • Risk Factors