Myoglobin Test FAQ
What is a Myoglobin Test?
Why is a Myoglobin Test important?
What type of specimen will I submit?
Do I need to fast to take this test?
How long does it take to get test results?
Accesa Labs does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All users should consult with a medical provider for specific health concerns.
Myoglobin Blood Test - More Information
This myoglobin test, also known as a myoglobin lab test, measures the myoglobin blood level.
Myoglobin is a protein found in the muscles. Similar to hemoglobin, myoglobin is able to bind iron and is important for carrying oxygen in the muscle. Myoglobin is pigmented and is responsible for giving meat its characteristic color.
Normally, myoglobin is not present in the blood but is present in high levels in the muscles. In the setting of muscle damage, however, myoglobin blood levels start increasing within 2 hours and generally decrease 24 hours after the muscle damage stops. One example of when this occurs is rhabdomyolysis, a situation in which skeletal muscles start to break down from extreme levels of exercise or traumatic injuries. Although myoglobin can be measured as part of a rhabdomyolysis evaluation, the creatine kinase test is typically the initial screening test used.
To get a myoglobin test near you, order online and get your blood drawn at the Quest Diagnostics lab that you selected. Once your myoglobin lab report is ready, it will be available for download. As can be seen on the sample myoglobin lab results, the myoglobin blood level will be reported as a number and can be compared against the reference range provided by the lab. This particular myoglobin protein test measures myoglobin blood levels, as opposed to the myoglobin urine test which measure myoglobin urine levels.
- A doctor's lab order
- 24 / 7 order processing
- Access to 1000+ Quest labs
- All lab test fees
- A PDF copy of your test results
- Responsive customer service