Rhabdomyolysis is the rapid muscle tissue break down due to severe physical, chemical or biological injury to muscles. It includes trauma, crushing injuries, electrical shock, burns, Blood clot (thrombosis), toxins, Infections (e.g., HIV, influenza, Streptococcus), Inherited genetic and metabolic disorders, muscular dystrophy and medical conditions like uncontrolled diabetes, hypothyroidism, and hyperthyroidism, several drugs (ethanol, cocaine, antibiotics, antidepressants, corticosteroids, lithium, salicylates and statins).
2) Is CK testing done in every one with muscle pain and weakness?
CK testing is not done in every one with muscle pain and weakness. However, if there is a history of trauma or drug intake or substance exposure that can cause severe muscle damage, CK testing may be indicated.
3) How can CK levels be lowered?
CK levels can be lowered when the underlying disease is controlled or the drug or toxin causing muscle damage is avoided or stopped.
4) What are the other uses of a CK test?
The CK test may sometimes be used to help detect a subsequent cardiac arrest. it can also be used to monitor heart damage.