December 1974

Acute Exertional Rhabdomyolysis

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Petersburg, Va

Arch Intern Med. 1974;134(6):1134. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320240168030

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To the Editor.  —The article "Acute Exertional Rhabdomyolysis" by Drs. Demos and Gitin (Arch Intern Med 133:233-239, 1974) prompts me to report a case of rhabdomyolysis with symptoms similar to an acute serum sickness reaction.

Patient Summary.  —A 24-year-old man had been well until November 1972 when, on awakening one morning, he noted severe pruritis followed by periorbital edema, a tightness in his throat (laryngal edema?), shortness of breath with a tightness in his chest that he described as an asthma attack, and arthralgia in the joints of his fingers. He was admitted to the hospital and was treated with diphenhydramine hydrochloride (Benadryl). His symptoms subsided in three days' time with this medication and with bed rest. There was no evidence of rash, fever, or weakness during this episode. He did state that about three days prior to the episode he exercised strenuously, but he also stated that he was

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