Haynesworth May Have Rhabdomyolysis

Washington Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth ripped the team after last night's game, in part, for misrepresenting a medical issue that kept him from practicing last week.

Today, Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network reports that Haynesworth is likely suffering from rhabdomyolysis.

According to MedicineNet.com, rhabdomyolysis is "a condition in which skeletal muscle cells break down, releasing myoglobin (the oxygen-carrying pigment in muscle) together with enzymes and electrolytes from inside the muscle cells. The risks with rhabdomyolysis include muscle breakdown and kidney failure since myoglobin is toxic to the kidneys...

"The key signs and symptoms of rhabdomyolysis include dark, red, or cola colored urine and muscle tenderness, stiffness, aching (myalgia) or weakness."

Overexertion and hot weather conditions can exacerbate the condition, which can be treated with aggressive hydration with very large amounts of IV fluids to flush the myoglobin out of the kidneys. Diuretics are also used to treat the condition, but that wouldn't be an option for Haynesworth.

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