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Question: high creatine level

 sb2682 - Sat Nov 19, 2005 7:05 pm

My friend's 3 year old son recently had problems with a high heart rate. After insisting there was a problem with several doctors they tested his creatine level. At first they had this confused with creatinine but the problem is actually his creatine level which is at a level of 217 from the first test and 207 the secend tome he took a creatine test. I know they will need to test further before drawing any conclusions but what could this be a symptom of and what is the next step in diagnosis. She is very nervous. Thanks.
 Dr. Heba Ismail - Tue Nov 22, 2005 9:32 am

The creatine kinase level usually rises with any muscle (including heart muscle) inflammation or beakdown.
An inflammation of the heart muscle known as 'myocarditis' is a common condition causing an increase in heart rate and elevated creatine levels.
However, this condition can be well diagnosed by an EKG and ECHO.

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