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Rhabdomyolysis

What will happen if an athlete with Rhabdomyolysis continues  to play his sport? What will happen in the long run?
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How are you? Rhabdomyolysis or breakdown of muscle fibers resulting in the release of muscle fiber contents into the bloodstream. If this is not treated, this can result to kidney damage. Early and aggressive fluids and medications may prevent kidney damage by rapidly flushing myoglobin out of the kidneys. The outcome varies depending on the extent of kidney damage. People with milder cases, may return to normal activity within a few weeks to a month or more. It is best that prior to playing, further evaluation may need to be done. Take care and best regards.
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So you are saying if it is a D1 college football player has rhabdomyolysis they can return to full activity without having damage done to the kidneys?
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As long as the case is mild, treatment was done, no initial kidney damage present, and clearance from the attending physician is obtained, a patient can resume full activity within a few weeks. Each case is different and direct evaluation by the attending doctor is important in determining the prognosis of a patient.
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Well the boy I know. It has been going on for 6 to 7 years and he says his kidneys hurt him. So what could this mean?
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Are there other symptoms present? If his kidneys hurt, I strongly advise that he see his attending physician for proper evaluation. Aside from kidney issues, other differentials include urinary tract infection and musculoskeletal conditions. Direct clinical examination and diagnostics such as blood and urine tests and imaging tests like ultrasound will help determine the underlying cause. Take care and do keep us posted.
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