CPK elevation

Question

I have COPD and last night had an acute exacerbation. I was admitted for the COPD and because my CPK ensymes were 45,000. I know that this is considered high, but the only symptoms other than those usually associated wth COPD exacerbation was a temp. of 103. Any ideas?

Answer

Hi Robert,

The CPK elevations mean that you have muscle inflammation or damage.  This can be due to any number of causes including injury (rhabdomyalysis), use of a statin (cholesterol lowering) drug, an inflammatory condition called myositis.  It could also mean that you have had a heart attack.  The CPK elevation has nothing to do with your COPD.  I’m sure your doctors are trying to find the cause for your CPK elevation.  good luck !!

Joan Bathon, M.D.

About Joan Bathon, M.D.

Dr. Bathon was a Co-Deputy Director of the Division of Rheumatology at Hopkins Bayview. She was also the founder and director of the Hopkins Arthritis Center.