Research Article

Acute cardiomyopathy with rhabdomyolysis in chronic alcoholism.

Br Med J 1975; 4 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.4.5993.378 (Published 15 November 1975) Cite this as: Br Med J 1975;4:378
  1. B I Seneviratne

    Abstract

    Of five chronic alcoholics with acute skeletal muscle necrosis (rhabdomyolysis) three developed acute heart failure with disturbances of rhythm and conduction. Symptoms came on abruptly after a period of intensified drinking. Myocardial infarction, thiamine deficiency, and cobalt intoxication were excluded. Probably the whole spectrum of muscle disease in chronic alcoholism may be commoner than has been suspected.