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Doctor insights on: Swelling Around Joints Elevated C Reactive Protein

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Will splenic inflammation/swelling show up on a C-Reactive Protein test?

Will splenic inflammation/swelling show up on a C-Reactive Protein test?

No: C-reactive protein (CRP is a non-specific test. It is used to detect inflammation. The test cannot tell where the inflammation is or what condition is causing it. CRP is not diagnostic of any condition, but it can be used together with signs and symptoms and other tests to evaluate an individual for acute and chronic inflammation. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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I've had a high c reactive protein for a year. I've had facial flushing and joint pain. Negative Ana test. What could this be ?

I've had a high c reactive protein for a year. I've had facial flushing and joint pain. Negative Ana test. What could this be ?

Rheumatologic.: This does point to some rheumatologic condition. More testing is warranted. The ANA doesn't tell the whole story in this regard. ...Read more

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Have enlarged irritating lymph nodes in neck for 4 weeks. Cbc normal. C reactive protein normal. Have night sweats, joint pain &hair loss. Any ideas?

Have enlarged irritating lymph nodes in neck for 4 weeks. Cbc normal. C reactive protein normal. Have night sweats, joint pain &hair loss. Any ideas?

Lymphadenopathy: This could be one or more of a dozen things, including ebv mononucleosis or several mononucleosis-like illnesses such as toxoplasmosis, CMV infection, tuberculosis, to say nothing of the potential for malignancies, although less likely. Other non-infectious entities may include sarcoid, autoimmune diseases, and so on and so on. This must be evaluated by an astute clinician. See your pcp. ...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

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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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My c reactive protein is constantly elevated (~11.6) but my doctor can't find any reason for it. Sometimes my cortisol tests high, but all organs test?

My c reactive protein is constantly elevated (~11.6) but my doctor can't find any reason for it. Sometimes my cortisol tests high, but all organs test?

Stop worrying : This situation is very common and nobody knows what to do about it. Maintain your health like anybody else does, and you can expect the Amanie chances as everyone else of having a good life. ...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

Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more


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