Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Student Scholarship

Date Written

Summer 2015

Document Type


Course Number

NURS 5330

Course Name

Advanced Pathophysiology

Professor’s Name

John D. Chovan, James R. Cacchillo


Kidney Diseases

Subject Categories

Digestive System Diseases | Medical Pathology | Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing


As a hospital healthcare provider on a Medical/Surgical Unit the probability of examining and treating a patient diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis is scarce. Knowing the mechanics of the disease will assist the provider in evaluating and treating the patient. Awareness of the pathophysiology of the disease is vital in accurately diagnosing and treating the disease. The role of the advanced practice nurse is fundamental in distinguishing possible causes of the phenomenon by recognizing signs and symptoms that occur with the disease. Completing a thorough physical exam on the patient and obtaining special lab tests will assist in identifying the ailment. Treating the patient appropriately will enhance the outcome and can prevent possible serious and long-term complications. Understanding the mechanics of rhabdomyolysis will enhance awareness and understanding of the disease. Rhabdomyolysis is a result of skeletal muscle breakdown and subsequent release of intracellular contents that can lead to possible life-threatening complications (Shapiro & Luchette, 2012). Employed on a Medical/Surgical Unit two patients were diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis within a two-year period. The first case was intriguing and supported further analysis of the disease.



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