Acute Pain Control Challenges with Buprenorphine/Naloxone Therapy in a Patient with Compartment Syndrome Secondary to McArdle's Disease: A Case Report and Review

by on May 22, 2013

We report the first case of non‐iatrogentic exertional rhabdomyolysis leading to acute compartment syndrome in a patient with McArdle’s disease. We describe considerations of concurrent buprenorphine/naloxone therapy during episodes of severe acute pain.
DesignCase report.
Case PresentationA 50‐year‐old male with a history of McArdle’s disease, taking buprenorphine/naloxone for chronic pain and opioid dependence, presented to the Emergency Department with severe bilateral anterior thigh pain. Over the following 8 hours, he was given a total of 12 mg of intravenous hydromorphone with minimal pain relief. The decision was made to initiate patient‐controlled analgesia (PCA) with hydromorphone started at 0.5 mg as needed with a 15‐minute lockout. Subsequently, the patient’s anter…

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