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Binge alcohol consumption leading to hypokalemic rhabdomyolysis
  1. Manjit Mahendran,
  2. Shubham Agarwal,
  3. Animesh Ray and
  4. Naval Kishore Vikram
  1. Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, Delhi, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Animesh Ray, doctoranimeshray{at}


A 43-year-old man presented with acute onset rapidly progressive weakness in all four limbs (proximal greater than distal), following an episode of binge alcohol ingestion, and was admitted for evaluation and management. There was a history of decreased urine output since 2 days with dark-coloured urine. He was found to have severe hypokalemia and renal dysfunction. Serum creatine kinase was significantly high, and further investigation revealed significantly elevated serum and urine myoglobin levels suggestive of rhabdomyolysis, which was secondary to severe hypokalemia. Following supplementation with intravenous and oral potassium and supportive care, the weakness improved significantly, and he was subsequently discharged. This case describes severe hypokalemia, resulting in rhabdomyolysis and generalised lower motor neuron weakness, in a setting of binge alcohol ingestion, which is an entity rarely described in literature.

  • fluid electrolyte and acid-base disturbances
  • muscle disease
  • metabolic disorders
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  • Contributors The manuscript was written by MM and SA and edited by AR and NKV.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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