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Dr. Bruce Rothschild
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Arteritis (Definition)

Arteritis is inflammation of the blood vessels or arteries. This may be triggered by viruses, medications, or by your own immune system leading to what is called an autoimmune disease. There are several different forms that mainly depends on the size of the blood vessel that is involved. There are several treatment options. This is an area of specialty handled by a rheumatologist. I am happy to do ...Read more


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What causes elevated platelets, wbc, sed rate positive ANA and anemia?

Infection: While the can be other possible causes, infection would be most likely to cause all of these abnormalities at once. ...Read more

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Which systemic/genetic diseases may cause cataracts at age 46? No steroids. Crp & sed are low. Have endometriosis, degen. Disc disease. Low sed & crp.

Which systemic/genetic diseases may cause cataracts at age 46? No steroids. Crp & sed are low. Have endometriosis, degen. Disc disease. Low sed & crp.

Cataracts: May be related to diabetes, trauma, but most likely genetic. Are the cataracts symptomatic. The opacification (cataract of the natural lens) of the lens may be insignificant and be normal for you or been there all of your life. Depends on your specific situation. ...Read more

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Could fibromalagia cause ANA positive? 1:640 speckled and sed rate elevated? Lupus panel negative

Could fibromalagia cause ANA positive?  1:640 speckled and sed rate elevated? Lupus panel negative

NO: The ANA is there because of some other reason. Because it's there does not mean you have lupus. There are many other reasons to have a positive ana. Your evaluation by your physician can clarify. ...Read more

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Have a Positive ANA>320 Atypical Speckled Pattern. CRP ,Sed Rate & RF all wnl. Other SX Reynaud's,dry mouth,butterfly rash,fatigue & joint flare-up's?

Have a Positive ANA>320 Atypical Speckled Pattern. CRP ,Sed Rate  & RF all wnl. Other SX Reynaud's,dry mouth,butterfly rash,fatigue & joint flare-up's?

Need specialist: It sounds like you have one or more of the often-overlapping autoimmune diseases in the lupus / scleroderma / Sjogren's / mixed connective tissue disease family. The real question will be how to treat you. This is why we have rheumatologists. You'll need to partner with your caregiver as you sort through this incredibly confusion area within medicine. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Symptoms fatigue / headaches/ malaise. Work up 2008 negative except elevated CRP now elevated CRP 2.73, sed rate 22, ANA positive speck 1:40, ch50>60?

That's good: I would urge you to draw no conclusion from any sed rate reading that's not extremely high unless there's specific symptoms and signs. Millions of healthy young adults have positive ANA at a titer of 1:40 speckled. I'd urge you to get into a fitness-focused lifestyle, hang out with quality friends and do meaningful things. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Does celiac disease elevate your sed rate?

Does celiac disease elevate your sed rate?

Depends: If the disease if inactive, (you're not having any problems), then most probably not. If you are having an acute flare, with lots of symptoms, then it is possible that the ESR might go up. ...Read more

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What conditions besides Giant Cell Arteritis might cause a swollen temporal artery? Is GCA likely in 45 year old? (Flu-like sx but neg ESR, CRP).

What conditions besides Giant Cell Arteritis might cause a swollen temporal artery?  Is GCA likely in 45 year old? (Flu-like sx but neg ESR, CRP).

Less likely like: You are young for giant cell arthritis but there can be other reasons . It is best to have your physician have you see s rheumatologist ...Read more

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How are polymyalgia rheumatica and giant cell arteritis diagnosed?

Overlapping: They are overlapping disorders. They can occur separately or together. Clinical experience of the doctor and elevated erythrocyte sedimentationrate are the most reliable findings. ...Read more

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What's ESR (erythrocite sedimentation rate)?

Marker of : Inflammation. Elevated ESR is a non-specific marker of inflammation, but not diagnostic of any particular disease. ...Read more

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Ana 1:80 homogeneous, sed rate 51, chronic post nasal drip, inflamed sinuses, osteo arthritis, fatigue, brain fog. What are some possible explanations?

Labs not helpful: These are generally unrelated problems. Chronic sinusitis and post nasal drip are likely one and the same. Arthritis may be just that. The ANA and ESR are nonspecific and may be "normal" although elevated. The list of things that can cause fatigue and brain fog is rather extensive and is probably best answered in person with your doc. ...Read more

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Would C-RP and/or ESR be elevated with caroited artery dissection?

Would C-RP and/or ESR be elevated with caroited artery dissection?

No: Both tests are famously insensitive and non-specific. Never rely on them for anything, but take the data as one very minor piece of information for complicated decision-making. ...Read more

Sedimentation Rate (Definition)

Is the rate at which red blood cells sediment in a period of 1 hour. It is non-specific measure of inflammation. It is performed by placing anticoagulated blood sample in an upright tube (westergren tube) then measuring the rate at which red blood cells fall (in mm per hour). It is useful in diagnosis of some diseases, such as autoimmune diseases, for assessment of severity of ...Read more


Dr. Bruce Rothschild
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Giant Cell Arteritis (Definition)

Giant cell arteritis is considered a vasculitis where an individual's on body's immune cells attacked the lining of the large blood vessels. This may be associated with headaches, difficulty chewing, and in severe cases visual changes and even visual loss. This is an area routinely handled by a rheumatologist. I am happy to do ...Read more