Crush injury and rhabdomyolysis

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    Crush injuries resulting in traumatic rhabdomyolysis are an important cause of acute renal failure. Ischemia-reperfusion is the main mechanism of muscle injury. Intravascular volume depletion and renal hypoperfusion, combined with myoglobinuria, result in renal dysfunction. The infusion of intravenous fluids before extrication or soon after injury may lessen the severity of the crush syndrome. Serum CK levels can be used to screen patients with crush injuries to determine injury severity. Once intravascular volume has been stabilized, and the presence of urine flow has been confirmed, a forced mannitol-alkaline diuresis for prophylaxis against hyperkalemia and acute renal failure should be instituted. If an extremity compartment syndrome is suspected, one should have a low threshold for checking the intracompartmental pressures. Further studies are needed to demonstrate if any treatment regimen is truly superior to early, aggressive crystalloid infusion.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)171-192
    Number of pages22
    JournalCritical Care Clinics
    Volume20
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 2004

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    Rhabdomyolysis
    Acute Kidney Injury
    Wounds and Injuries
    Crush Syndrome
    Myoglobinuria
    Kidney
    Compartment Syndromes
    Hyperkalemia
    Diuresis
    Mannitol
    Intravenous Infusions
    Reperfusion
    Ischemia
    Extremities
    Urine
    Pressure
    Muscles
    Serum
    Crush Injuries
    Therapeutics

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    Crush injury and rhabdomyolysis. / Malinoski, Darren; Slater, Matthew; Mullins, Richard.

    In: Critical Care Clinics, Vol. 20, No. 1, 01.2004, p. 171-192.

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