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A 27-year-old male asked:

What will a sedimentation rate show?

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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Inflamation: "sed rate" is showing inflammatory activity in the your body. It is an adjunct test to support the diagnosis.
Dr. EVAN Leibowitz
Rheumatology 25 years experience
Inflammation : A sedimentation rate is a general measure of inflammation . It does not diagnose any condition. Inflammation can come from many processes such as infections, cancer, and autoimmune diseases. A doctor can help determine what is causing the elevated sedimentation rate.
Dr. Amit Golding
undefined 19 years experience
Inflammation: ESR or erythrocyte sedimentation rate is a reflection of inflammation in the body. It is not a very specific test. It can be elevated in the setting of an infection, certain cancers, and many autoimmune/rheumatologic conditions. The last category includes conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, vasculitis and lupus. Normal ESR is no higher than age/ 2 for men or age/ 2 plus 10 for women.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Results showed that i had an sedimentation rate of 69. What can this mean?

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Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
See below: High sedimentation rates may be caused by: autoimmune diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematosus or rheumatoid arthritis. Cancer, such as lymphoma or multiple myeloma. Chronic kidney disease. Infection, such as pneumonia, pelvic inflammatory disease, or appendicitis. Inflammation of joints (such as polymyalgia rheumatica) and blood vessels (such as giant cell arteritis).
Dr. Larry Greenbaum
Internal Medicine - rheumatology 37 years experience
the list of possibilities is almost endless, so an elevated sedimentation rate by itself is seldom helpful.
Mar 29, 2013

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