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A 41-year-old female asked:

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
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
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
45 years experience
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.

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