Journal of
Clinical Pathology and Forensic Medicine

  • Abbreviation: J. Clin. Pathol. Forensic Med.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2405
  • DOI: 10.5897/JCPFM
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 29

Case Report

Acute renal failure as a result of rhabdomyolysis due to assault: A case report

Manjunatha B., Pramod kumar G. N. and Nithin M. D.*
Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, JSS Medical College, JSS University, Mysore, India.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 02 August 2011
  •  Published: 30 September 2011


Rhabdomyolysis is a syndrome caused by injury to skeletal muscle and involves leakage of large quantities of intracellular contents into plasma. This disorder may result in potential life-threatening complications such as acute myoglobinuric renal failure, hyperkalemia, cardiac arrest, disseminated intravascular coagulation, and compartment syndrome. A case of acute renal failure as a result of rhabdomyolysis due to assault is presented here. This case report highlights the importance of ancillary investigation with brief review of literature on rhabdomyolysis. Such entities, though rare must be considered in assault/ road traffic accidents cases.  


Key word: Rhabdomyolysis, assault, renal failure, myoglobin, creatine kinase (CK).