Mitchell J. Schwaber, MD; Howard P. Liss, MD; Israel Steiner, MD; Mayer Brezis, MD
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Schwaber M., Liss H., Steiner I., Brezis M.; Hazard of Sauna Use after Strenuous Exercise. Ann Intern Med. 1994;120:441-442. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-120-5-199403010-00029
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1994;120(5):441-442.
TO THE EDITOR:
We report the occurrence of rhabdomyolysis and heart failure in a previously healthy person after exercise and sauna.
A 33-year-old man referred himself to our center because of dark urine. One day earlier, after strenuous exercise (primarily weight lifting), he sat in a sauna for approximately 15 minutes. Although he had done similar exercise irregularly before, he had never used the sauna immediately afterward. The next day, he had muscular soreness and noted dark urine. He denied previous illnesses and the intake of medications, drugs, or alcohol. Physical examination showed no distress, fever, or abnormal findings other than muscle tenderness. The urinalysis result was positive for blood by dipstick, but microscopy showed no erythrocytes. His serum creatine kinase was 39 720 IU/L; his serum electrolyte, urea, and creatinine levels were normal. An electrocardiogram was within normal limits.
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