Coma Topic Guide
Coma: Coma is a state of unconsciousness in which the patient does not consiously respond to the environment and stimuli. Causes of coma include head trauma, bleeding in the brain, skull fractures, brain swelling, lack of oxygen to the brain, poisons, and endocrine disorders. The Glasgow Coma Scale is a tool physicians use to rate the depth of coma of a patient. The outlook of coma for a patient depends on the cause of the coma and the damage to the brain and other organs of the patient's body.
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Rhabdomyolysis Rhabdomyolysis is a condition in which there is damage to the skeletal muscle or muscles of the body. Common causes of rhabdomyolysis include trauma, burns, prolonged immobilization, escessive exercise, medications, drug abuse, other diseases, snake bites, and spider bites. The three main symptoms of rhabdomyolysis are muscle aches, muscle weakness, and darkened urine. Treatment for rhabdomyolysis needs to be prompt as rhabdomyolysis can be a life-threatening condition.
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