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April 1984

Recurrent Rhabdomyolysis as a Manifestation of Alcoholic Myopathy: Report of a Case

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Medicine (Dr Kopyt, Dr Myers, Dr Shachter) and Neurology (Dr Mandel), Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia.

Arch Intern Med. 1984;144(4):821-823. doi:10.1001/archinte.1984.00350160187031

• A 38-year-old man experienced six severe episodes of rhabdomyolysis and two episodes of pharyngeal muscle weakness superimposed on chronic alcoholic myopathy and complicated by cardiomyopathy. A muscle biopsy specimen demonstrated sharply reduced levels of electrolytes despite normal serum values; presumably, these deficiencies were related to the pathogenesis of the recurrent rhabdomyolysis.

(Arch Intern Med 1984;144:821-823)

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