Sometimes referred to as a CPK test. The creatine kinase panel is used to detect myositis (muscle inflammation) as well as severe muscular damage. Related symptoms to muscle damage such as pain or weakness or dark colored urine indicate a test may be needed.
The creatine kinase (CK) test is useful in detecting muscle injury or damage. Individuals who are experiencing weakness along with muscle pains, fever and even nausea may benefit from this test. The test is often used when the individual experiencing such symptoms is using statins or recreational drugs. The test is also commonly used in instances of chest pain in order to detect issues such as heart attack.
A high creatine kinase test may indicate muscle damage, which may or may not include heart damage or strain. Those who suffer from rhabdomyolysis, extreme and rapid muscle breakdown, may have extremely high readings of CK.
Fluctuating CK levels, slightly high to high in a back and forth fashion may indicate a prior heart attack and that a second heart attack is occurring or possible if chest pain also exists.
Important note: slightly elevated levels of CK may exist temporarily after exercise.
Recommended with Creatine Kinase
Is Fasting Required? No
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