The Modern Spectrum of Rhabdomyolysis: Drug Toxicity Revealed by Creatine Kinase Screening

Author(s): Leslie A. Linares, Beatrice A. Golomb, Joyce A. Jaojoco, Harminder Sikand, Paul S. Phillips

Journal Name: Current Drug Safety

Volume 4 , Issue 3 , 2009

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Purpose: This study describes the current etiologies, demographic characteristics, incidence of acute renal insufficiency and correlation between peak creatine kinase (CK) and peak creatinine in hospitalized patients with rhabdomyolysis. Methods: A retrospective chart review of patients with creatine kinase (CK) values greater than 5000 IU/L during a nine month period identified 106 cases of rhabdomyolysis. Results: The most common contributing etiologies were recreational drug and/or alcohol use in 28%, trauma in 23%, compression in 19%, shock in 17%, statin-use in 13%, seizure in 8% and quetiapine-use in 8%. 37% of cases involved multiple etiologies. Renal insufficiency occurred in 49% of cases and modestly but significantly correlated with CK (R2 = 0.41, p < 0.0001). Myoglobinuria and a pre-renal state were associated with renal insufficiency in 49% and 52% of cases, respectively. Conclusions: Rhabdomyolysis should be defined with CK values exceeding 10-25 times the upper limit of normal irrespective of renal function. Using a laboratory marker such as CK can aid diagnosis of rhabdomyolysis and identify adverse drug events.

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Year: 2009
Page: [181 - 187]
Pages: 7
DOI: 10.2174/157488609789007010
Price: $65

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