Korean J Nephrol.  2011 Jan;30(1):120-124.

Rhabdomyolysis Induced by Hypothyroidism in a Kidney Transplant Recipient

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  • 1Division of Nephrology, Department of Internal Medicine, Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea. racer@catholic.ac.kr

Abstract

Kidney transplant recipients are more susceptible to rhabdomyolysis because of both the numerous medicines they take, such as immunosuppressants, lipid-lowering agents, and antihypertensive agents, and post-transplantation complications, such as posttransplantation diabetes mellitus and hyperuricemia. Pure hypothyroidism is a rare cause of rhabdomyolysis, and few cases of rhabdomyolysis induced by hypothyroidism have been reported in kidney transplant recipients. We report a case of rhabdomyolysis induced by unrecognized hypothyroidism in a kidney transplant patient, and discuss hypothyroidism and other precipitating factors as a cause of rhabdomyolysis, with a review of the literature.

Keyword

Rhabdomyolysis; Hypothyroidism; Transplant recipient
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