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Doctor insights on: Lupus And Elevated C Reactive Protein Levels

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Protein (Definition)

Proteins are large molecules made up of a smaller class of molecules called amino acids. Proteins play an enormous role in the function of our bodies including enzymes, messengers, replicating dna, ...Read more


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Are C-reactive protein (CRP) and ESR levels typically elevated with advanced stage cancer such as stage 4 lymphoma?

Are C-reactive protein (CRP) and ESR levels typically elevated with advanced stage cancer such as stage 4 lymphoma?

No: These tests are neither sensitive nor specific for much. They generate enormous confusion and unnecessary fear. C-RP is made in atherosclerotic plaques and is often up in bad atherosclerosis. It's also made in the liver in response to some interleukins in disease elsewhere, especially some arthritis variants. Sed rate reflects globulins and fibrinogen, not usually up in lymphoma. ...Read more

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High c-reactive protein levels, what does it mean?

High c-reactive protein levels, what does it mean?

Inflammation!: High crps indicate systemic inflammation, which is correlated with accelerated atherosclerosis! arthritis, infection, diabetes-all can increase c-reactive protein. It is essential that high levels be lowered! ...Read more

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Can my c-reactive protein levels be what is making me ill?

Can my c-reactive protein levels be what is making me ill?

No: CRP is manifestation of an illness, like fever. CRP by itself does not make you sick, it is a marker for inflammation. ...Read more

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What diseases are linked to having an increased c-reactive protein levels?

Any cause for..: Inflammation causes a rise in crp! arthritis, trauma, infection, and even certain metabolic diseases such as diabetes can do it as well. A high CRP is associated with cardiovascular and stroke disease risk, because inflammation releases chemical that damage the blood vessel lining. It is not the CRP doing damage, but it is the best surrogate marker for inflammation! ...Read more

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Why do I have a chronically elevated C reactive protein? I am afebrile, asymptomatic, eat a healthy anti inflammatory diet, have no dental disease.

Why do I have a chronically elevated C reactive protein?  I am afebrile, asymptomatic, eat a healthy anti inflammatory diet, have no dental disease.

Ignore it: I'm a pathologist and focused on the lab. Often, I wish we didn't even check CRP's. It's worthless except as an adjunct to the big picture. There's talk of it being a weak coronary risk factor -- but what are you going to do about it? Just live healthy. Plenty of people are in your situation -- we've just created one more thing to worry unnecessarily about. Manage your health & put it out of mind. ...Read more