PMID: 1924913Jan 1, 1991Paper

Myoglobinuric acute renal failure following electrical injury

Renal Failure
K L GuptaK S Chugh


Eight patients with acute renal failure (ARF) following electrical injury were studied. The mean area of cutaneous burns was 23 +/- 16% (range 6-60%) and extensive tissue necrosis with gangrene was uniformly present. Oliguria developed 9.3 +/- 7 h (range 3-24 h) after the injury in 7 patients (88%). Urinalysis revealed presence of myoglobin in 75% of the patients. The mean duration of oliguria among those who recovered was 16 +/- 6 days (range 11-23 days) and the mean interval between the onset of oliguria and recovery of renal function was 25 +/- 6 days (range 21-34 days). Four patients died. The cause of death was Klebsiella septicemia in 1, hyperkalemia associated with extensive myonecrosis in 2 patients, and uncertain in 1 patient. Our observations showed that myoglobinuric acute renal failure associated with electrical injury carries a high mortality. Early detection and aggressive management of hyperkalemia and sepsis are necessary to reduce mortality among these patients.


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