Rhabdomyolosis - Definition

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Rhabdomyolosis signifies the destruction of muscle tissue in the striated muscles, commonly known as skeletal muscle, which are voluntarily controlled, as opposed to smooth muscles which function automatically. This muscle cell destruction leads to muscle protein being released into the blood stream, along with the toxic substance called myoglobin into both the blood stream and urine. Rhabdomyolosis often occurs following muscular trauma, or in elderly patients, resulting from a fall, prolonged immobility on the floor and an inability to get back up, all of which squeezes the muscles and leads to damage. A number of different conditions can be the cause of this, and the main associated complication is acute renal failure. Rhabdomyolosis manifests as pain in the affected muscle tissue, along with dark-colored urine. Proposed treatment is to treat the cause.