Creatine Kinase (CK, CPK ), an essential enzyme can be found in the skeletal muscle, the heart muscle and the brain. If tissue in any of these areas sustain damage, creatine kinase will leak out into the blood stream. When CK levels are elevated, a muscle injury or disease might be the cause.
This is a test that measures CK in a sample of blood. A type of protein, CK, is an enzyme that works to give muscles strength and power while in the heart it helps the muscles to pump blood around the body.
CK/CPK enzymes can be categorised into three groups:
A finding of a small amount of CK in the blood is quite normal. If higher amounts are found however, they may indicate disease or damage to the areas which they pertain.
If CK levels are quite elevated and if there is also myoglobinuria or muscle pain, then there may be injury or disease. There might be asymptomatic elevation right through to a life-threatening disease which can be associated with extreme enzyme elevation, electrolyte imbalance, and acute injury of the kidneys.
A Creatine Kinase test can be used to assess muscle inflammation or damage due to myopathies, muscle disorders, like muscular dystrophy. It can also help diagnose rhabdomyolysis if the signs and symptoms of that disease are also present, speak to your doctor for clinical advise.
This Creatine phosphokinase will be monitored if muscle damage is suspected. It will also assist in diagnosing muscle damage conditions.
Test cost £ 41.00 – turnaround time for results: 24 hrs.
Select the test that you would like to undergo
Go to the Harley Street clinic for your blood draw and pay for your test in person
As soon as the results are ready, the will be sent to you by your chosen method