Rhabdomyolysis: A rare presentation of aldosterone-producing adenoma

M Samanthi A Cooray, Uditha S Bulugahapitiya, D Natasha Peiris
Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism 2013, 17: S237-9
Rhabdomyolysis results from acute damage of the skeletal muscle brought on by various conditions of which hypokalemia is a recognized, but less common condition. Although primary aldosteronism may cause severe hypokalemia leading to rhabdomyolysis, the patients may have potassium levels within the normal range on routine biochemistry. In addition, hypokalemia may be triggered by initiation of diuretic therapy for control of hypertension. Here, we describe a patient with an aldosterone secreting adrenal adenoma, who presented with acute rhabdomyolysis secondary to severe hypokalemia triggered by initiation of diuretic therapy.

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