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What does it mean when my ESR is elevated

A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Boris Ripa
36 years experience Pediatrics
It shows: Unspecific inflammation.This test should be interpreted with another blood results and your symptoms.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
38 years experience Cardiology
Inflammation: Sedimentation rate is a reflection of inflammation in the body. Inflammation in the heart is part of myocardial infarction. The inflammatory cells l ... Read More
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Dr. Pareena Bilkoo
22 years experience Cardiology
Myocardial infarctio: During a mi there is a increased systemic inflammatory response. Esr is a marker of that very inflamation.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
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Full medical workup: and a small biopsy of the cervical node ( or removal for study ). I would suggest a comprehensive medical exam, metabolic profile and repeat sed rate.
A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
52 years experience Rheumatology
Impossible to say: With little history provided and no opportunity to order more complete lab evaluation and do a physical exam it is impossible to say. Have you seen a ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
How high?: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. ... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
No: Lab data removed from the clinical picture have little meaning. A negative test has relatively little relevance. The ESR is a non-specific measure o ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
39 years experience Gastroenterology
Trending up or down?: Some questions to put your concern ; lab results in context: 1) how long have you had autoimmune hepatitis? 2) what treatment are you taking ; have y ... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
50 years experience Medical Oncology
Not much: It is a non specific test which means it can increase in all kinds of ailments such as chronic infections(TB for example and in Chronic arthritis) and ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
How elevated?: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Inflammation: An elevated ESR indicates inflammation, with or without infection. It is not a diagnostic test for any given disease. However, an elevated ESR warrant ... Read More

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