Rhabdomyolysis

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Rhabdomyolysis Diagnosis

A rhabdomyolysis diagnosis is made by a doctor or medical professional. The condition may be suspected in any patient who has suffered from a crush injury, lengthy period of immobilization, or trauma. In later stages, it may be identified by deteriorating kidney function, such as elevated levels of creatinine and urea, and failing urine output, as well as darkened urine (red-pink hue).

Potassium levels may be high (hyperkalemia) and calcium levels low (hypocalemia). Around 25% of rhabdomyolysis patients have abnormal liver function tests due to liver damage.

If there is an absense of red blood cells upon microscope check, an analysis of urine by dipstick may reveal blood. Additionally, cardian troponin levels may be increased.

The level of creatin kinase (CK) in the blood is the most reliable test used for diagnosis of a case of rhabdomyolysis. Damaged muscles release the enzyme, with levels above 5 times the upper level of normal pointing to rhabdomyolysis as the underlying cause. Higher CK also indicates a greater likelihood of acute kidney failure.

Once a diagnosis has been made...

Treatment methods may be considered once a diagnosis of rhabdomyolysis has been given. Keep in mind that complications may occur.