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Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 643-646
Rhabdomyolysis and acute kidney injury after acupuncture sessions

1 Department of Internal Medicine-Nephrology, University Hospital of Patras, Patras, Greece
2 Department of Internal Medicine-Endocrinology, Attikon University Hospital, Athens, Greece
3 Internal Medicine Department, General Hospital of Sparti, Sparti, Greece

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Dr. Marios Papasotiriou
Department of Internal Medicine-Nephrology, University Hospital of Patras, Patras 265 00
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1319-2442.132223

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Rhabdomyolysis is usually caused by muscle injury, drugs or alcohol and presents with muscle weakness and pain. It is characterized by rise in serum creatine kinase, aminotransferases and electrolytes as well as myoglobinuria. Myoglobinuria may cause acute kidney injury by direct proximal tubule cytotoxicity, renal vasoconstriction, intraluminal cast formation and distal tubule obstruction. Muscle pain and weakness as well as vascular injury have been reported after acupuncture. We report a case of severe rhabdomyolysis and acute kidney injury after acupuncture sessions.

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