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Journal of Medicine and Life Science 2016;13(2):85-87.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.22730/jmls.2016.13.2.85    Published online December 18, 2018.
Rhabdomyolysis as a complication of carbon monoxide poisoning
Min-Ju Kim, Sa-Yoon Kang
Correspondence:  Sa-Yoon Kang,
Abstract
Carbon monoxide (CO), a highly toxic gas produced by incomplete combustion of hydrocarbon, is a relatively common cause of human injury. When the exposure history is absent, or delayed, the diagnosis is difficult. A 66-year-old woman, who use the briquette boiler in home, presented with rhabdomyolysis. Diffusion-weighted MRI showed high signal intensities in globus pallidus bilaterally. Her symptoms and high creatine kinase level were improved by conservative management. Our case report shows that the prognosis of CO poisoned patient greatly depends on timely and appropriate treatment, severity of damage to other organs, and success of the treatment of complications.
Key Words: Carbon monoxide, Creatine kinase, MRI, Rhabdomyolysis
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