Rectus abdominis rhabdomyolysis: report of 2 cases

Jerome Boyle*, Paul Marks, John Read

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Exercise-induced rhabdomyolysis is an unusual clinical entity for physicians and one that is frequently misdiagnosed. With the ever-increasing use of sonography by radiologists, sonographers, and sports physicians in the diagnosis of acute muscle injury, recognition of the typical sonographic appearance of rhabdomyolysis is paramount. Current literature using high-resolution ultrasound equipment is limited, with much of the literature offering dated or incongruent descriptions. We describe the sonographic findings of hyperechoic muscle and a hypoechoic halo of edema in 2 proven cases of rectus abdominis rhabdomyolysis after exercise.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2165-2171
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Ultrasound in Medicine
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2017


  • exercise-induced
  • musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • rectus abdominis
  • rhabdomyolysis
  • sonography
  • sports medicine


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