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NIOSH releases fact sheets to help firefighters recognize rhabdo symptoms

If left untreated, disease can be fatal or result in permanent disability

Posted August 29, 2018

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has released fact sheets intended to increase awareness about the signs and symptoms of rhabdomyolysis (often referred to as rhabdo) and to help firefighters get early treatment to prevent more serious medical problems.

Rhabdomyolysis is a breakdown of muscle tissue that releases proteins and electrolytes into the bloodstream and can cause heart and kidney damage. If left untreated, it can be fatal or result in permanent disability. Heat exposure and intense physical effort are two of the risk factors for rhabdo.

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