What is rhabdomyolysis?
A person with rhabdomyolysis has damage to the muscle cells, which release large amounts of myoglobin into the bloodstream. Normally, myoglobin carries oxygen in the muscle cells. When it is present in the bloodstream, myoglobin is toxic to the kidneys. Causes of rhabdomyolysis include severe injuries, drug side effects, dehydration, seizures, burns, and hyperthermia.
What are the symptoms of rhabdomyolysis?
Symptoms of rhabdomyolysis include muscles aches, swelling, and weakness. A change in urine color may result in red urine, pink urine, or brown urine.
How does the doctor treat rhabdomyolysis?
Treatment for rhabdomyolysis includes intravenous fluids and diuretic medications. Treatment for severe rhabdomyolysis may include kidney dialysis.
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