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Sedimentation Rate (Definition)

A sedimentation rate is a lab test that can help to assess ...Read more


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Ana + spec pattern titer 1:640. All labs ok. Lupus panel neg. Elevated sed rate. 2 rheum drs dismissed it. Anything else I should do? Cancer?

Ana + spec pattern titer 1:640. All labs ok. Lupus panel neg. Elevated sed rate. 2 rheum drs dismissed it. Anything else I should do? Cancer?

Watch it: You cannot treat a lab result, have it checked periodically, in the absence of symptoms, one cannot make a diagnosis based on a test result. ...Read more

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How can one with pmr get a sed rate of >100 but one with lupus & organ involvement have a sed rate not nearly as high?

How can one with pmr get a sed rate of >100 but one with lupus & organ involvement have a sed rate not nearly as high?

Good question: Sed rate is positive after a value of 30. The higher it is does not necessarily mean the greater the inflammation. Both these conditions create high sed rates. It's not so important what that means after it becomes positive. The part that is important is the "it's positive" part. ...Read more

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Can you still have lupus if you have a negative ANA and normal sed rate?

Can you still have lupus if you have a negative ANA and normal sed rate?

Yes: However, the diagnosis becomes much less likely unless several other diagnostic criteria for lupus are present. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have lupus flare and always have normal c3,c4, normal CRP and sed rate no greater than 26?

Lupus is difficult.: SLE may flare and produce elections of ESR / CRP and may reduce C3 and C4. This is generally true, but every patient is different. It is possible to flare and have labs look relatively "normal." Anti DS DNA and CBC are often helpful. ...Read more

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I was tested for lupus ANA came back positive but sed rate was low could me taking 800mg motrin first have affected that?

Doubtful: The sed rate is not a totally reliable index of inflammation especially if it is down at a commercial lab. The CRP is a better index. A weak NSAID such as Motrin is unlikely to be effective. Finally the ANA is also not specific for lupus. ...Read more