Predicting success after total knee arthroplasty (TKA) isn't always easy. Patients want to know what to expect and how long it will take to recover. Doctors don't have a lot of research to use when advising patients. This study looked at the rate of recovery for mobility in the first six months after TKA. The authors set out to find factors that affect results, such as age, weight, type of joint implant, pain, and other medical problems. It's likely that some factors are more important than others. They tried to rank these factors. Stair climbing and walking speed were used as the main indicators of success. Measures were made one week before and three and six months after the operation. Researchers thought knee strength and range of motion would affect recovery the most. When it was all said and done, two factors were most important. These are quadriceps muscle power and body mass index (BMI). The quadriceps is the muscle on top of the thigh that straightens the knee. BMI is the curren...
Alternative Names Myasthenic syndrome; Eaton-Lambert syndrome; Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome; LEMS Treatment The main goals of treatment are to: Identify and treat any underlying disorders, such as lung cancer Give treatment to help with the weakness A treatment called plasma exchange usually improves symptoms. Plasma exchange involves removing blood plasma from the body and replacing it with donated plasma. This helps to make sure that any harmful proteins ( antibodies ) that are interfering with nerve function are removed from the body. Plasmapheresis may also be effective. During this treatment, the blood is removed from the body. The plasma is separated, the antibodies are removed, and the plasma is returned to the body. Medications that suppress the immune response , such as prednisone, may improve symptoms in some cases. Medications may also include: Anticholinesterase medications such as neostigmine or pyridostigmine (although these are not very effective when given alone) 3, 4-diaminop...
Creatinine is a breakdown product of creatine, which is an important part of muscle. Creatinine is removed from the body entirely by the kidneys. This article discusses the test done to measure the amount of creatinine in your urine.
A blood test can also be used to determine your creatinine level. See: Serum creatinine
Urine creatinine test
How the test is performed
A random urine sample or a 24-hour collection may used. For information on how to collect a 24-hour urine sample, see: 24-hour urine collection .
How to prepare for the test
Your health care provider may tell you to temporarily stop taking certain medicines that may interfere with test results. Such medicines include:
How the test will feel
The test involves only normal urination, and there is no discomfort.
Why the test is performed
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