An Unusual Cause of Rhabdomyolysis: Acute Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Zengin, Suat; Al, Behçet; Yıldırım, Cuma; Yavuz, Erdal; Akcalı, Aycan
March 2013
Journal of Academic Emergency Medicine / Akademik Acil Tip Olgu ;2013, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p43
Academic Journal
Case Study
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a toxic gas produced by the incomplete combustion of carbon-containing compounds. Exposure to high concentrations of CO can be lethal and is the most common cause of death from poisoning worldwide. Rhabdomyolysis caused by CO poisoning is uncommon. Early recognition of rhabdomyolysis in such cases is important, since this complication can be fatal as it leads to acute renal failure. However, the prognosis is excellent if proper medical management is provided. In the present study, we discuss rhabdomyolysis caused by CO poisoning in a 68-year-old man.


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