A Case of Rhabdomyolysis after High Intensity Resistance Training

Research Paper Title

Rhabdomyolysis after High Intensity Resistance Training.


Rhabdomyolysis, which is a characteristic occurrence associated with muscle cell necrosis, develops due to various causes.

The researchers report a rare case of a patient with rhabdomyolysis after high intensity resistance training, in which markedly elevated levels of serum creatine kinase (CK) and urine myoglobin were observed. A previously healthy 37-year-old man presented with severe myalgia and dark urine after performing high-intensity exercise.

The patient’s serum CK level was 95,100 U/L (22 to 198 U/L (units per litre)) and his urine myoglobin level was 160,000 ng/mL (< or =21 mcg/L). His symptoms and laboratory findings gradually improved with the intravenous administration of saline and no complications (including electrolyte imbalance and acute renal failure) developed.


Honda, S., Kawasaki, T., Kamitani, T. & Kiyota, K. (2017) Rhabdomyolysis after High Intensity Resistance Training. Internal Medicine.  56(10): 1175–1178. doi: 10.2169/internalmedicine.56.7636.


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