Find Information About:

Drugs & Supplements

Get information and reviews on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements. Search by name or medical condition.

Pill Identifier

Pill Identifier

Having trouble identifying your pills?

Enter the shape, color, or imprint of your prescription or OTC drug. Our pill identification tool will display pictures that you can compare to your pill.

Get Started

My Medicine

Save your medicine, check interactions, sign up for FDA alerts, create family profiles and more.

Get Started

WebMD Health Experts and Community

Talk to health experts and other people like you in WebMD's Communities. It's a safe forum where you can create or participate in support groups and discussions about health topics that interest you.

  • Second Opinion

    Second Opinion

    Read expert perspectives on popular health topics.

  • Community


    Connect with people like you, and get expert guidance on living a healthy life.

Got a health question? Get answers provided by leading organizations, doctors, and experts.

Get Answers

Sign up to receive WebMD's award-winning content delivered to your inbox.

Sign Up


Posting to the communities has been restored. Our technical team is still completing ongoing maintenance, and you may experience some technical problems.Thank you for your continued support and patience, and if you have any further questions, please email

Yours in health,
WebMD Community Management

Have you had a kidney transplant or are waiting for one? Then visit the Organ Transplant Community and the Diabetes and Kidney Community to share your experiences with other community members!

Are you newly diagnosed? Use the WebMD search engine to read articles like Understanding Kidney Disease.
Renal failure and ruptured bicep.
kt8675 posted:
My husband is a truck driver. He was hospitalized with severe dehydration that caused acute renal failure. They told us that the enzymes could attack his muscles. Three weeks after this happened he was getting into his truck and slipped. He grabbed the hand rail to catch himself and his bicep ruptured. Could this have anything to do with the renal failure and enzymes attacking the muscles? His kidney levels are not back to normal and he has to have blood work once a month to check his kidney levels.

Take the Poll

Does renal failure have anything to do with ruptured bicep?
  • Yes renal failure can be associated with ruptured bicep.
  • No renal failure cannot be associated with ruptured bicep.
View Poll Results
john-skpt responded:
This is sort of a chicken or egg question: are the two connected? Possibly, but not because the renal condition caused the bicep to tear. It might be the other way around however.

The dehydration is very likely the principal cause of the acute failure (and this can take many many months to recover even partial function).

What CAN happen in severe trauma to muscles is that when the muscle cells are damaged, they release a lot of chemicals, blood cells, and damaged hemoglobin into the body and the kidneys have to clean up the surge of elements. This places a big load on them. (Compare what happens in Rhabdomyolysis.)

So I suspect that while the muscle injury might have aggravated the renal failure, I think that the kidneys were not directly responsible for the muscle damage.

Ask the doc to be sure.

Spotlight: Member Stories

Our youngest son went to the er for a concusion and 8 hours later we were going through testing for his kidney. At first dr's thought after he hit...More

Helpful Tips

I have a uti and severe kidney pain, Is this common?
I have a uti and such bad kidney pain that I can hardly move, I cant bend down and it hurts more than I can explain. the pain comes and ... More
Was this Helpful?
0 of 0 found this helpful

Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.