I don’t watch too much TV, but one of the few shows is HOUSE. In tonight’s HOUSE episode, a teenage patient is treated for rhabdomyolysis. But what is rhabdomyolysis or rhabdo?
Rhabdomyolysis strikes a teenage girl tonight who shows swollen extremities. Her symptoms are so severe that a friend says she looks like the marshmallow man. Rhabdomyolysis describes the breakdown of skeletal muscle caused by muscle tissue injury. The cause can be physical, chemical or biological.
The Mayor Clinic explains statin medication can lead to rhabdomyolysis.
“At high doses, statin medications can impair the production of certain proteins involved in muscle metabolism and function. Uncommonly, this can result in muscle pain and tenderness — a condition known asstatin myopathy. If you notice moderate muscle aching, stop taking your statin medication and contact your doctor. Muscle aching usually goes away within a couple of weeks after stopping the statin drug.
“In severe cases, statins may cause muscle cells to break down. This rare but potentially life-threatening side effect is known asrhabdomyolysis.”
Mayo explains symptoms of rhabdomyolysis include:
* Severe muscle aching throughout the entire body
* Muscle weakness
* Dark or cola-colored urine
Other non-physical causes can include poisons, toxins, and infections.