Trending Clinical Topics for June 2018

Ryan Syrek


June 29, 2018

Trending Clinical Topic of the Week (June 16-22): Rhabdomyolysis

A teenager from Texas and concern about a popular exercise trend led to this week's top search term. Recently, a 17-year-old in Texas discovered that what he thought was simple muscle soreness after an intense workout was actually something much more serious. Rhabdomyolysis can lead to severe electrolyte abnormalities, acute kidney injury and renal failure, and disseminated intravascular coagulation. Although exceedingly rare, rhabdomyolysis due to exertion or strenuous exercise is possible. This has created some concern about spinning classes and other high-intensity programs that have become increasingly popular. Because exercise is so beneficial, patients are not being encouraged to avoid any particular workout programs; instead, patients are advised to gradually increase the time, weight, and intensity and to start slow when beginning a new routine. Although other causes of rhabdomyolysis are much more common, recent focus on exercise-associated concerns helped make this term the top trending clinical topic of the week.

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