0
Articles |

False Elevation of Serum Creatinine Following Skin Absorption of Nitromethane Complicates the Clinical Diagnosis of Rhabdomyolysis

Andrea Gabrielli; Catherine Hammett-Stabler
Author and Funding Information

Affiliations: From the Department of Anesthesiology, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville,  From the Departments of Pathology, Immunology, and Laboratory Medicine, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville

Affiliations: From the Department of Anesthesiology, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville,  From the Departments of Pathology, Immunology, and Laboratory Medicine, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville


1998 by the American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 1998;113(5):1419-1422. doi:10.1378/chest.113.5.1419
Text Size: A A A
Published online

Abstract

A patient had extensive blunt trauma from a highspeed crash in which nitromethane fuel erupted from the fuel tank and soaked into his protective multilayer jumpsuit. The clinical diagnosis was complicated because the absorption of nitromethane fuel through the skin and by inhalation falsely increased the serum creatinine value when a modified Jaffe reaction was used in the laboratory. This spurious value was "unmasked" by the use of an enzymatic method to measure the serum creatinine level. A high serum creatinine value disproportionate to the level of BUN and recent skin exposure to nitromethane were the clinical indications that suggested the differentiation of massive rhabdomyolysis from spurious hypercreatinemia. This spurious value was a confounding factor in the diagnosis of crush syndrome and rhabdomyolysis.


Sign In to Access Full Content

MEMBER & INDIVIDUAL SUBSCRIBER

Want Access?

NEW TO CHEST?

Become a CHEST member and receive a FREE subscription as a benefit of membership.

Individuals can purchase this article on ScienceDirect.

Individuals can purchase a subscription to the journal.

Individuals can purchase a subscription to the journal or buy individual articles.

Learn more about membership or Purchase a Full Subscription.

INSTITUTIONAL ACCESS

Institutional access is now available through ScienceDirect and can be purchased at myelsevier.com.

Sign In to Access Full Content

MEMBER & INDIVIDUAL SUBSCRIBER

Want Access?

NEW TO CHEST?

Become a CHEST member and receive a FREE subscription as a benefit of membership.

Individuals can purchase this article on ScienceDirect.

Individuals can purchase a subscription to the journal.

Individuals can purchase a subscription to the journal or buy individual articles.

Learn more about membership or Purchase a Full Subscription.

INSTITUTIONAL ACCESS

Institutional access is now available through ScienceDirect and can be purchased at myelsevier.com.

Figures

Tables

References

NOTE:
Citing articles are presented as examples only. In non-demo SCM6 implementation, integration with CrossRef’s "Cited By" API will populate this tab (http://www.crossref.org/citedby.html).

Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Sign In to Access Full Content

MEMBER & INDIVIDUAL SUBSCRIBER

Want Access?

NEW TO CHEST?

Become a CHEST member and receive a FREE subscription as a benefit of membership.

Individuals can purchase this article on ScienceDirect.

Individuals can purchase a subscription to the journal.

Individuals can purchase a subscription to the journal or buy individual articles.

Learn more about membership or Purchase a Full Subscription.

INSTITUTIONAL ACCESS

Institutional access is now available through ScienceDirect and can be purchased at myelsevier.com.

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.

CHEST Journal Articles
  • CHEST Journal
    Print ISSN: 0012-3692
    Online ISSN: 1931-3543