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is high sedimentation rate something to worry about or does it happen in many people?

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Dr. Pierre Moeser
Specializes in Rheumatology
Depends: The sedimentation rate can be elevated for a number of causes. The most common cause is inflammation. The test is most valuable when it is done in looking for a certain condition. It has far less value as a "screening test." I have seen a number of normal individuals with an elevated sed rate and no cause was ever found. However, an elevated sed rate is not common without a cause.
Answered on Oct 18, 2016
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