What Are the Causes of False Positive Troponin?

What are the causes of false positive troponin?

Troponin test helps diagnose heart attack or injury to heart muscle by measuring the level of cardiac-specific troponin in the blood. And, a positive troponin could indicate heart injury like myocardial infarction.

However, the positive result might be false. The possible causes of false positive troponin are as follows.


  • Heterophile antibodies.
  • Medical procedures: cardiac angioplasty/stenting, open heart surgery, electrical cardioversion (purposeful shocking of the heart by medical personnel to correct an abnormal heart rhythm), etc.
  • Other conditions that result in myocardial cell damage: renal (kidney) failure, pulmonary (lung) embolism, etc.


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