Asked by: Zdzislaw Thomforde
asked in category: General Last Updated: 20th February, 2020

What CK level is dangerous?

In summary, renal injury with high serum CPK values becomes a true concern when levels of CPK reach 5,000 IU/L and the patient has serious co-morbid disease such as volume depletion, sepsis or acidosis. Otherwise, values of up to 20,000 IU/L may be tolerated without untoward event.

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Then, what happens if your CK levels are too high?

The muscle cells in your body need CK to function. Levels of CK can rise after a heart attack, skeletal muscle injury, strenuous exercise, or drinking too much alcohol, and from taking certain medicines or supplements. If this test shows that your CK levels are high, you may have muscle or heart damage.

Secondly, is high CPK level dangerous? If the heart CPK (CPK-MB) is elevated it can mean that the heart is damaged which can occur in a heart attack or in conditions in which the heart muscle is inflammed such as viral myocarditis. Certain drugs such as cholesterol lowering drugs (statins) can damage muscle and elevate CPK.

Simply so, what diseases cause high CK levels?

Increased CK may be seen with, for example:

  • Recent crush and compression muscle injuries, trauma, burns, and electrocution.
  • Inherited myopathies, such as muscular dystrophy.
  • Hormonal (endocrine) disorders, such as thyroid disorders, Addison disease or Cushing disease.
  • Strenuous exercise.
  • Prolonged surgeries.
  • Seizures.

Can high CK levels cause death?

It can lead to many complications, including renal failure, disseminated intravascular coagulation, and even death in 5% of cases. The leading causes of rhabdomyolysis include trauma, soft tissue compression, alcohol, drugs, infections, seizures, and exercise. Only half of patients experience muscle pain.

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