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crush syndrome

 

Definition: the shocklike state that follows release of a limb or limbs or the trunk and pelvis after a prolonged period of compression, as by a heavy weight; characterized by suppression of renal function, probably the result of damage to the renal tubules by myoglobin from the damaged muscles.

Synonym(s): compression syndrome

See Also: crush kidney

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