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Creatine Kinase

About This Test

Department: Biochemistry


  • Gel/clotted (yellow/red top)

Add-on requests are accepted


Turnaround Time:

Within 24 hours


Investigation of muscle disease, including rhabdomyolysis, myositis, or muscle dystrophy

Common causes of a raised CK include

  • exercise
  • statins
  • hypothyroidism
  • repeated venepuncture
  • drugs

Persistently elevated CK levels without apparent cause may be due to formation of CK-immune complexes (Macro-CK). Please contact the Duty Biochemist to discuss further investigation

Reference ranges:

Age range Reference range (U/L)
All ages Females 15 - 165
  Males 15 - 185

Results outside the reference range do not necessarily indicate disease. Similarly, results within the reference range do not preclude abnormality. Please contact the Duty Biochemist for discussion of individual patient results.

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