A 41-year-old female asked:
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my esr level is 35 (normal is 10.00-20.00) elaborate.what causes it to rise? can it be controlled?

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Dr. Luis Bendezu
28 years experience Internal Medicine
Complicated: The ESR is a marker of inflammation. Infections and auto-immune diseases are two things that can make it go up. It also tends to go up a little as we grow older. It's unfortunately not very specific for one thing and pretty sensitive. By itself, a minimally elevated ESR in someone your age is nothing to be worried about. Unless you're having symptoms of something i wouldn't lose too much sleep
Answered on Sep 11, 2017
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Dr. EMILIA MATOS
43 years experience General Practice
Not reliable: Sedimentation rate is one of the less reliable lab. Test.Do you have any symptoms, how does it relates to other test.Standing alone it really do not have strong value.
Answered on Mar 15, 2017
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