How is myositis activity monitored in polymyositis activity?

Updated: Feb 12, 2018
  • Author: Mythili Seetharaman, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Serum CK levels, along with careful physical examination, may be used to monitor myositis activity. However, serum CK levels may be within reference ranges despite increased disease activity (eg, in cases of chronic and late-stage polymyositis). CK levels are usually minimally elevated or within the reference range in patients with inclusion body myositis. CK levels are within the reference range in patients with corticosteroid-induced myopathy.


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