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Electronic muscular stimulators: a novel unsuspected cause of rhabdomyolysis
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  1. P Guarascio,
  2. E A Lusi,
  3. F Soccorsi
  1. Azienda Ospedaliera San Camillo-Forlanini, Azienda Ospedaliera San Camillo-Forlanini, Via Portuense 332, Roma 00149, Italy; pguarascio@usa.net

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    We report the first case of rhabdomyolysis following the use of an electronic muscular stimulator for fitness. A 26 year old male student was referred to us in April 2002 suspected of having hepatitis because of severe asthenia and raised levels of transaminases. Over the preceding three months, laboratory tests showed persistent elevation of alanine transaminase and aspartate transaminase activities, reaching values of 125 U/l (normal range 10–60) and 58 U/l (normal range 10–40) respectively. Routine tests, including red blood cell …

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