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What causes high glucose serum, calcium serum, albumin serum, total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol calc, vitamin b12, but low sed rate westergren?

What causes high glucose serum,  calcium serum, albumin serum, total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol calc, vitamin b12, but low sed rate westergren?

Means nothing alone: As a pathologist who's devoted a lifetime to lab medicine, my teammates and i are always reminding people that lab results mean nothing whatever in the absence of a history & physical exam. Please don't take this the wrong way, and i appreciate your proactive approach to health. But no one can do anything with this. Ask instead, "could high Albumin out-of-range be from dehydration?" etc. ...Read more

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Sedimentation Rate (Definition)

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What is a high sed rate indicating?

What is a high sed rate indicating?

Inflammation: The sed rate is a slow reacting blood test that can help determine inflammation in the body. The test results can't tell you what is inflamed, just that something is inflammed. Your doctor needs to determine the cause of the inflammation. ...Read more

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Is a sed rate of 45 considered high? I have widespread aches and pains!

Is a sed rate of 45 considered high? I have widespread aches and pains!

Not diagnostic: The sed rate is a weak adjunct to a rheumatologist's history and physical exam. At your age, i wouldn't get excited about this, and would also urge you to keep in mind that it's a hard test for the lab to do correctly. The fact that it's not extremely high is one of many pieces of information that will be used in making a call for or against an inflammatory arthritis. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a high hematology sed rate? Urgent

What does it mean to have a high hematology sed rate? Urgent

Not specific: High erythrosedimentation rate or high ESR. It is used as a tool very often to find out levels of inflammation but is not specific or diagnostic of one disease. If it is normal then most likely there is no active inflammation ( that can be due to rheumatologic disorders), malignancy or infecions. But if high, then it matter most in which context was done because may signified any of those 3. ...Read more

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What could a high sed rate indicate? I am 16 years old and have a sed rate of 89. Hemoglobin are also very small and are not the correct shape.

What could a high sed rate indicate? I am 16 years old and have a sed rate of 89. Hemoglobin are also very small and are not the correct shape.

High ESR: May indicate unspecific inflammation.In connection with low hemoglobin, you should have further investigation to make right diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can a high sed rate be related to gall bladder disease?

Can a high sed rate be related to gall bladder disease?

Yes, but...: ...It is a very nonspecific test, elevated whenever there is any inflammation present. The erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) measures how "sticky" red blood cells are. Fibrinogen is a blood protein that increases in response to just about any inflammatory reaction in the body, causing rbcs to stick together. While the ESR could increase after a gb attack, it is too nonspecific to be useful. ...Read more

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Crp was elevated now normal and sed rate is a little high. What is the difference?

Inflammation : Both ESR and CRP reflect an inflammatory state. They need to be interpreted in the context of the clinical picture. At any rate, without knowing too much about you, i can say that it is a very good sign that your ESR normalized. A slight elevation of the sedimentation rate is nonspecific and may be meaningless. ...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?

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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Is a sed rate of 30 high? What does this mean? A cause of my chronic hives? Also my rdw was high...at a 18.8

Is a sed rate of 30 high? What does this mean? A cause of my chronic hives? Also my rdw was high...at a 18.8

Sed rate: A sed rate of 30 is not too high, normal is up to around 20. It is a lab doctors use to follow inflammation in the body, it may be high due to your hives, or arthritis, or infection, or another auto immune disease. You do not treat a see rate, rather you look for some cause of inflammation in the body that may be triggering it to be elevated. ...Read more

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My sed rate was high (29)...Now a week later its normal? I also had positive ANA with very high ssa ro. (>8.0)..Why would it do this?

My sed rate was high (29)...Now a week later its normal? I also had positive ANA with very high ssa ro. (>8.0)..Why would it do this?

Need more informatio: These findings may indicate an auto-immune disorder, however, there is insufficient information for a definitive opinion. It would be prudent to consult your doctor. ...Read more

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