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A case of acute renal failure and compartment syndrome after an alcoholic binge.
  1. N Sofat,
  2. S Bell,
  3. J Turner,
  4. A N Warrens
  1. Department of Medicine, Hammersmith Hospital, London.


    A 25 year old man presented with anuria and bilateral leg pain two days after an alcoholic binge. He subsequently developed rhabdomyolysis causing acute renal failure, with compartment syndrome of both lower legs. This required urgent dialysis and fasciotomy respectively within six hours of admission. He remained dialysis dependent for three weeks and only after four months was he able to weight bear on both legs. Alcohol is a leading cause of rhabdomyolysis. Early recognition and prompt treatment is essential to prevent serious complications.

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