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Myoglobin is a protein found in skeletal and cardiac muscle.

Injury to striated muscle will cause a release of myoglobin into the blood, elevating the myoglobin levels. Injuries may include:

  • Traumatic injury (crush, blast)
  • Excessive exercise
  • Siezures
  • Electrocution
  • Malayan Sea Snake bite
  • Myocardial infarction

Normal Values*

Myoglobin 30-90 ng/ml 30-90 ug/L

*These are general values taken from a variety of sources. The actual normal values may vary from lab to lab and from one type of testing protocol to another.

Source: Operational Medicine 2001,  Health Care in Military Settings, NAVMED P-5139, May 1, 2001, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Department of the Navy, 2300 E Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20372-5300