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What do elevated CPK levels mean when exercise is not a factor?

What do elevated CPK levels mean when exercise is not a factor?

Muscle or heart : CPK can be released from damaged or inflamed muscles, including the heart muscle. Some muscle diseases that cause weakness and pain in the muscles can elevate cpk, as can any muscle injury (including an injection into the muscle). Heart attacks and other heart muscle injury or inflammation can also raise the cpk. There are tests to determine the source of the cpk. ("fractionation" of cpk). ...Read more

Creatine Kinase (Definition)

Creatine kinase is an enzyme found in muscles throughout the body. There are different subtypes of the enzyme, called isoforms, which predominate in different organs. For instance, the isoform in skeletal muscles is different from that which is most heavily found in the heart muscle. A blood tests detects levels of this in the body, for example if ...Read more


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What do elevated CPK and aldolase mean?

What do elevated CPK and aldolase mean?

Muscle injury: CPK (an old term) is a marker of injury to muscle, be it skeletal, cardiac or smooth muscle. Aldolase is a non-specific marker of tissue injury and does not add any more information. Why did you have the tests done? What were the findings of other tests? ...Read more

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Elevated total creatine kinase with normal isoenzymes. What does this mean?

Elevated total creatine kinase with normal isoenzymes. What does this mean?

CPK: Ck is a polycomponent muscle enzyme. The ck mb is the muscle-brain part of ck total. That is why the lower value for mb. The lab normals would tell whether these are elevated or not. Elevations are usually from muscle damage and the mb is found in heart. ...Read more

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Mildly elevated CPK and sed low iron abnml TSH but free T4 normal what does all this mean?

Mildly elevated CPK and sed low iron abnml TSH but free T4 normal what does all this mean?

Not enough info: How high is the tsh? Any anemia? Other health issues? Any other health history, physical or lab findings? Please provide more info. ...Read more

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Mildly elevated CPK level and sed rate. Iron count 11.8 what cld this mean? Cld it be a sign of lupus or something wrong with heart?

Mildly elevated CPK level and sed rate. Iron count 11.8 what cld this mean? Cld it be a sign of lupus or something wrong with heart?

Not specific: Cpk, sed rate and iron count levels are not specific to lupus or heart disease. Several conditions can affect these tests. ...Read more

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What does a CPK of 240 mean?

What does a CPK of 240 mean?

Context: This is a very slightly high ck level. I'd doubt it means anything; ask your doctor. A lab value means nothing apart from the patient history and physical exam. High levels may mean anything from your being in the middle of a heart attack (it's an old-fashioned assay replaced by troponin) to having exercised heavily to having rhabdomyolysis from a statin to a host of other entities. ...Read more

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My CPK level is 240. Tell me what this means?

My CPK level is 240. Tell me what this means?

Muscle injury: CPK or creatinine phosphokinase, is an enzyme found in 3 "flavors"- isoforms- found in the brain, muscle and heart that is released when the respective organ is damaged. Normal upper limit of nl depends on the lab, but generally is 120mcg/l. Elevation may be caused by numerous perturbations: heart attack; seizures; muscle damage; heavy exercise; hyperthyroidism; hypothyroidism; brain injury etc. ...Read more

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What does a low level of cpk,mean? Normal 45-200 Mine is 36

What does a low level of cpk,mean? Normal 45-200 
Mine is 36

Low muscle mass: possibilities could be: Low muscular mass (e.g. elderly, frail), Small stature Sedentary lifestyle of the following drugs: Acetylsalicylic acid Amikacin Ascorbic acid Dantrolene Phenothiazines Pindolol Prednisone Statins Ulfamethoxazole ...Read more