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Recurrent Rhabdomyolysis in a Collegiate Athlete: A Case Report


Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: March 2006 - Volume 38 - Issue 3 - p 407-410
doi: 10.1249/01.mss.0000187413.41416.7e
CLINICAL SCIENCES: Clinical Case Studies

Purpose: Hereditary metabolic disorders can cause rhabdomyolysis in athletes. Team physicians should be aware of the presentation, workup, and management of the most common of these disorders, carnitine palmitoyltransferase (CPT) II deficiency and muscle phosphorylase deficiency.

Methods: The case of a collegiate athlete with recurrent bouts of rhabdomyolysis is presented, and the diagnostic workup is discussed.

Results: The patient described in this case has CPT II deficiency. The diagnosis and management of CPT II deficiency and muscle phosphorylase deficiency (McArdle's disease) are discussed.

Conclusion: Athletes with rhabdomyolysis, in the absence of an obvious cause such as drug toxicity, severe trauma, or excessive exercise, should be evaluated for the presence of a metabolic myopathy.

Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Address for correspondence: Lisa S. Krivickas, M.D., Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, 125 Nashua Street, Boston, MA 02114; E-mail:

Submitted for publication May 2005.

Accepted for publication September 2005.

©2006The American College of Sports Medicine