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Rapid Diagnosis of Rhabdomyolysis with Point-of-Care Ultrasound


It is important to rapidly diagnosis and treat rhabdomyolysis in order to decrease morbidity and mortality.  To date there are no reports in the emergency medicine literature on the use of bedside ultrasound in the diagnosis of rhabdomyolysis. This unique case describes how ultrasound was used in the emergency department to quickly diagnose and treat rhabdomyolysis prior to confirmation with an elevated serum creatine kinase. When coupled with a high index of suspicion, ultrasound can be one of the most portable, readily available, low cost, and minimally invasive techniques for making a rapid diagnosis of rhabdomyolysis in the ED.

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