Case Report

HSS Journal ®

, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 200-202

Rhabdomyolysis is a Potential Complication of Total Hip Arthroplasty in the Morbidly Obese

  • Susan M. GoodmanAffiliated withHospital for Special SurgeryWeill Cornell College of Medicine Email author 
  • , Mark FiggieAffiliated withHospital for Special SurgeryWeill Cornell College of Medicine
  • , Douglas GreenAffiliated withHospital for Special SurgeryWeill Cornell College of Medicine
  • , Stavros MemtsoudisAffiliated withHospital for Special SurgeryWeill Cornell College of Medicine

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Abstract

Rhabdomyolysis (RML) can complicate prolonged surgery and may lead to renal failure and death. Obese patients are at high risk for this complication. This complication has been recently described in bariatric surgery and prolonged spine surgery, but it is not well recognized in patients undergoing THA. We present an obese patient (BMI = 50) who developed RML and acute kidney injury after a total hip arthroplasty.

Keywords

total hip arthroplasty rhabdomyolysis acute kidney injury obesity