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Rhabdomyolysis Treatments

Early diagnosis and treatment of rhabdomyolysis are keys to a successful outcome. You can expect full recovery with prompt treatment. Doctors can even reverse kidney failure. However, if compartment syndrome is not treated early enough, it may cause lasting damage.

If you have rhabdomyolysis, you will be admitted to the hospital to receive treatment for the cause. You may need to be in the intensive care unit (ICU) to allow close monitoring. Treatment with intravenous (IV) fluids helps prevent kidney failure.

You will need ongoing treatment to maintain urine production. If kidney failure occurs, you will need filtering of waste products using dialysis. You may also need a surgical procedure (fasciotomy) to relieve tension or pressure and loss of circulation if it threatens muscle death or nerve damage in cases of compartment syndrome.

If rhabdomyolysis is related to a medical condition, such as diabetes or a thyroid disorder, appropriate treatment for the medical condition will be needed. And if rhabdomyolysis is related to a medication or drug, its use will need to be stopped or replaced with an alternative.

After treatment, discuss with your doctor any needed limitations on diet or activity. And, of course, avoid any potential causes of rhabdomyolysis in the future.

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Reviewed by Kimball Johnson, MD on September 01, 2012
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