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Doctor insights on: Slightly Elevated C Reactive Protein And Inflammatory Diseases

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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

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What does it mean if you are prone to getting kidney stones and have regularly elevated neutrophil counts and elevated c reactive protein?

What does it mean if you are prone to getting kidney stones and have regularly elevated neutrophil counts and elevated c reactive protein?

You might have: a chronic kidney infection, so it is best to have a urologist take a look at your condition. Chronic kidney infections can lead to kidney failure. ...Read more

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Is it common to measure c-reactive protein in diagnosing majjor organ disease?

Is it common to measure c-reactive protein in diagnosing majjor organ disease?

Not common...: The thing about c-reactive protein is that it's not too specific - meaning, if it's elevated, it could be elevated for a bunch of reasons: infection, inflammation, etc... And it doesn't tell you which organ system has the infection or inflammation. We measure it sometimes in the hospital, but it's not one of those i've seen regularly ordered by primary care physicians as an outpatient. ...Read more

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

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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Is C-reactive protein always elevated in auto immune conditions?

Is C-reactive protein always elevated in auto immune conditions?

No: Myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis, Isaac's, and a host of others will usually not feature elevation. Normal C-reactive protein really rules out nothing. It's an adjunct for a field in which history and physical are still primary. ...Read more

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I realise that these markers aren't specific but wouldn't most advanced cancers cause elevated Sedimentation rate and C-reactive protein?

I realise that these markers aren't specific but wouldn't most advanced cancers cause elevated Sedimentation rate and C-reactive protein?

No: Nice to be able to help once again, Matt. The sed rate and especially the C-reactive protein result from the liver pumping out extra large amounts of a couple of particular proteins that are stimulated by very particular things that are often produced in inflammation and seldom in pure neoplasia. Forget most (not all) of what you've read about "immune response to cancer" as myth. Best wishes. ...Read more