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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)

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


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I HAVE A HIGH SED RATE OF 174?

I HAVE A HIGH SED RATE OF 174?

You question is???: You have not asked a question. The test measures the presence of inflammation. You give no specific history and I have no knowledge of other tests ordered and their results so I cannot offer you any specifics. Discuss the result with the doctor who ordered the test. ...Read more

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What is considered a high sed rate?

See details: A sed rate greater than 20 mm/hour is considered elevated. The higher the sed rate, the greater its significance. Minimally elevated values usually mean nothing. ...Read more

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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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What conditions can an abnormally high sed-rate indicate?

What conditions can an abnormally high sed-rate indicate?

Lots: A high sed rate can indicate infection--say on a heart valve, pneumonia, etc. It can indicate inflammation in countless (almost) types of rheumatism--rheumatiod arthritis, lupus, etc. Certain cancers can cause high sed rates. It is a very non-specific test. It tells you something is probably going on, but not what is going on. ...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 is a sedimentary rate? My daughter's labs resulted with having a high "sed" rate. What might this imply?

What is a sedimentary rate? My daughter's labs resulted with having a high "sed" rate.  What might this imply?

Non-specific test: Years ago a doc named mason guest observed that red cells settled (fell) at a more rapid rate during inflammatory conditions. Inflammatory proteins gathered on red cells making them heavier.That led to a simple test using a thin tube. The expected rate in mm/hr was quantified and used as a non specific test. It doesn't tell you why but helps you monitor the process. ...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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