Rhabdomyolysis

Treatment

Seek treatment as soon as you suspect rhabdo! If treated early, most rhabdo patients return to work in a few days without any lasting effects. Treatment options depend on how severe the rhabdo is. Only a healthcare provider can determine how severe it is through blood tests, electrocardiograms (also known as EKGs), etc.

Less severe cases can be treated with:

  • Drinking fluids
  • Getting out of the heat
  • Resting

Moderate to severe cases may need intravenous (IV) fluids and hospital admission.

  • IV fluids help flush out the muscle proteins and electrolytes. IV fluids can prevent dangerous heart rhythms and loss of kidney function.
  • At a hospital, medical professionals can monitor and treat severe cases for:
    • abnormal heart rhythms
    • decreased kidney function
    • seizures
    • elevated compartment pressures
    • high potassium levels
An IV fluid bag.

People often need IV fluids to treat rhabdo and prevent serious complications.

Page last reviewed: April 22, 2019