Here are five things you need to know about rhabdo:
1. What causes it?
When muscle is damaged, a protein called myoglobin is released into the bloodstream. It is then filtered out of the body by the kidneys. Myoglobin breaks down into substances that can damage kidney cells, according to MedlinePlus. Rhabdomyolysis may be caused by injury or any other condition that damages skeletal muscle.
2. What are some other things that could cause rhabdo?
Problems that lead to rhabdo include: trauma or crush injuries; use of drugs such as cocaine, amphetamines, statins, heroin or PCP; genetic muscle diseases; and extremes of body temperature; low phosphate levels; seizures or muscle tremors; severe dehydration; marathon running or calisthenics.
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3. What are the symptoms?
Symptoms can include: dark urine; general weakness; muscle tenderness; muscle stiffness; decreased urine output. Other symptoms include fatigue, joint pain, seizures and weight gain.
4. How is it diagnosed?
Doctors can give patients a physical exam, which will show tender or damaged skeletal muscles. Other tests include: Creatine kinase level, serum calcium, serum myoglobin, serum myoglobin, serum potassium, urinalysis, and urine myoglobin test.
5. What happens after rhabdo?
The outcome depends on the amount of kidney damage. Acute kidney failure occurs in many people. Getting treated soon after rhabdomyolysis will reduce the risk of permanent kidney damage, according to MedlinePlus.
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