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In many ways, Beck Cammarata is like most 7-year-olds. He plays Cops and Robbers at recess with his friends, loves cars, and as many kids do, fights with his older sisters. But Beck has also endured much more than most kids his age as a child living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

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What is Rhabdomyolysis?

Rhabdomyolysis is a breakdown of muscle fibers, releasing fiber materials into circulation. Some of the material (myglobin) can be toxic to the kidney and can result in kidney damage. Symptoms include muscle tenderness, stiffness, or weakness, and abnormal urine color.

Who gets Rhabdomyolysis?

Anyone can get rhabdomyolysis. There are many causes, both traumatic and nontraumatic. Traumatic causes include electrical injury, burns, and heatstroke. Nontraumatic causes include excessive exercise, some medications, other medical disorders, and infections.

How is Rhabdomyolysis diagnosed?

After taking the patient's history, a physician may perform an EMG, blood tests, and a urine test.

How is Rhabdomyolysis treated?

Fluids are required to eliminate myoglobin from the kidneys to prevent further kidney damage.

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