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CK Levels

Can you please explain what "CK Levels" are and what can cause them to lower or rise?  I have a relative who's CK level has risen significantly over the past months and they have not been able to determine the cause.  He did have Polio when he was a child.  He is in his late 50's now.  

They plan to biopsy a knee in the next week or so.

Thank you very much.
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Dear Jeff:

When a muscle integrity is disrupted(muscle death in such cases as heart attack or ALS or trauma or..., infection such as a virus, or even a needle stick or birth) the muscle tissue releases an enzyme CPK.  So, it is a non-specific indicator of muscle compromise.  Usually, we need to know the history and symptoms to better understand why the level of CPK has risen.  I hope this helps.

Sincerely,

CCF Neuro MD
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