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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 61  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 102-105

Minor blunt injury-induced rhabdomyolysis from a road traffic accident in Nigeria

1 Department of Medicine, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Awka, Nigeria
2 Department of Medicine, Federal Medical Center, Umuahia, Nigeria
3 Department of Medicine, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nnewi, Nigeria
4 Department of Ophthalmology, Federal Medical Center, Owerri, Nigeria

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Dr. Ernest Ndukaife Anyabolu
Department of Medicine, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Awka
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DOI: 10.4103/nmj.NMJ_114_19

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Rhabdomyolysis, though not a common complication of minor blunt trauma, may result in life-threatening acute kidney injury (AKI). Here is illustrated a case of a young male who sustained minor blunt injuries in a road traffic accident, which he overlooked and presented with features of severe AKI. The patient is a 24-year-old male, who presented with progressive weakness, difficulty in walking, and features of uremia, 14 days after he sustained minor blunt injuries and lacerations in a road traffic accident. Evaluation showed elevated serum creatine kinase, serum myoglobin, and severe azotemia. He was commenced on hemodialysis. He was also commenced on antibiotics, analgesic, and 5% dextrose/saline. He had three sessions of hemodialysis on alternate days. His condition improved remarkably after the first session of dialysis. He was discharged after 18 days on admission. Follow-up in the clinic showed a normal renal function. This case report shows rhabdomyolysis from minor blunt injuries sustained in a road traffic accident and complicated by severe AKI. The patient almost recovered full renal function with management.

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