European Journal of Rheumatology
Case Report

Spinning-induced rhabdomyolysis: a case report and review of literature


Clinic of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Ankara Atatürk Education and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey

Eur J Rheumatol 2015; 2: 37-38
DOI: 10.5152/eurjrheumatol.2014.14054
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Rhabdomyolysis is a condition of skeletal muscle breakdown in which muscle injury causes a release of myoglobin and the muscle enzymes creatine phosphokinase (CPK), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), and transaminases. Exertional rhabdomyolysis, which is precipitated by exercise or exertion, ranges from mild muscle injury with negligible symptoms or systemic effects to fulminant cases. Herein, we report a 26-year-old female patient who was admitted to our Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation outpatient clinics with severe bilateral thigh pain persisting for 5 days after participating in a spinning class and diagnosed with exertional rhabdomyolysis. Timely diagnosis and treatment prevented the potentially life-threatening consequences. We assume that it is essential to raise the awareness of this phenomenon not only by physicians but also by the community, since regular exercise and being physically active are increasingly encouraged in modern life.


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