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Myoglobin

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Also known as: Urine myoglobin; Serum myoglobin
Formal name: Myoglobin

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To determine whether muscle, particularly heart muscle, has been injured; to detect high levels in the urine that can cause kidney damage after extensive muscle damage

When to Get Tested?

Every 2-3 hours for the first several hours after experiencing chest pain that is suspected to be due to a heart attack; when there has been severe traumatic injury to skeletal muscle

Sample Required?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in the arm or a random urine sample

Test Preparation Needed?

None