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A 17-year-old male asked:

If balanitis is caused by bacterial infection, would blood test show elevated blood counts or esr,crp?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Balanitis: Not necessarily. This is a somewhat superficial infection and the lab parameters to which you are referring usually respond to systemic inflammation rather than simple uncomplicated skin/soft tissue processes.
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Dr. James Lin
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Urology 53 years experience
Here is some..: Balanitis is just a general term denoting the inflammation of glans penis (head of penis) from all causes. In general, such change would not cause ESR or CRP to rise.
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Last updated Nov 25, 2014

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