Radioimmunoassay for human myoglobin. Initial experience in patients with coronary heart disease.
A radioimmunoassay for human myoglobin has been used to study the serum myoglobin level in 13 normal individuals and 68 patients admitted to a Coronary Care Unit because of chest pain. Values in normal individuals ranged from 3 to 75 and averaged 25 +/- 23 (SD) ng/ml. Thirty-two patients with myocardial infarction initially examined within 12 hours of the onset of chest pain all showed clear-cut elevations in serum myoglobin, peak values ranging from 200 to 5500 and averaging 1368 +/- 1357 ng/ml. Seventeen patients with clinically atypical chest pain and no subsequent evidence of myocardial necrosis had myoglobin levels in the normal range, as did 11 of 19 patients with chest pain thought clinically to represent myocardial ischemia but no subsequent evidence of myocardial necrosis by conventional criteria. The final eight patients in the latter group showed mild elevations of serum Mb, peak values ranging from 102 to 280 and averaging 162 +/- 52 ng/ml; the basis for these elevations remains to be clarified.
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