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Inflammation (Definition)

Inflammation is the body's attempt at self-protection; the aim being to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells, irritants, or pathogens - and begin the healing process. Inflammation is part of the complex biological response of vascular tissues to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, ...Read more


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What does it mean if a 6 y/o child has elevated white blood cell count and his inflammation marker is high?

What does it mean if a 6 y/o child has elevated white blood cell count and his inflammation marker is high?

Viral vs bacterial: Not too infrequently, children present with fever without clear source. We have utilized white cell count and inflammation markers, e.g., sed rate or CRP to distinguish viral vs bacterial infection. Elevated white blood cell and high inflammation marker suggest the likelihood of bacterial infection. ...Read more

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What could be wrong if my inflammation markers are high. I've had like 3 different sets of blood work done & they've been high each time.

What could be wrong if my inflammation markers are high. I've had like 3 different sets of blood work done & they've been high each time.

Injury, infection & : Your body can get inflamed due to injury, infection and/or allergies. Inflammatory markers tell us there's a needle in the haystack but they don't tell us where. So it's our job to question you regarding the possible causes. If you can't think of any, then we worry about an increase risk of heart disease. But since you're young, ask your doc why s/he ordered them in first place. Could be just gum. ...Read more

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What are the new tests to check for inflammation in the body, the new inflammatory markers ?

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How new is new?: Check out BMJ from 2/3/12 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e454 "Inflammatory markers include C reactive protein (CRP), erythrocyte sedimentation rate, plasma viscosity, fibrinogen, ferritin, and several other acute phase proteins, though only the first three are commonly referred to as inflammatory markers". ...Read more

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Why can bronchial inflammation come with elevated d dimer marker?

Why can bronchial inflammation come with elevated d dimer marker?

Not always: Elevated. D dimer has many reasons. Severe. Sepsis. Infections. Malignancy. Thromboembolic disease. So. If there is severe inflammation it can raise it . Negative. D. Dimer is used to. Rule out thromboembolic disease. Being positive could have any nonspecific reason. ...Read more

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Which is a better marker to use for inflammation in body ESR or crp? Have high ESR but normal CRP i'm so confused been diagnosed with temporarteritis

Which is a better marker to use for inflammation in body ESR or crp? Have high ESR but normal CRP i'm so confused been diagnosed with temporarteritis

Difficult: CRP is to some extent more elevated when the inflammatory condition is due to infection. The ESR usually goes up with any inflammation that effects the endovascular endothelium (inside walls of blood vessels). It is classically over 100 in patients with temporal arteritis. Hope you are being treated aggressively with steroids. Get better. ...Read more

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I have cd, in remission, with a calprotectin level under 16. My dr. Now suggests a s.B. Mri. Is this not a good marker for inflammation in s.B as well?

I have cd, in remission, with a calprotectin level under 16. My dr. Now suggests a s.B. Mri. Is this not a good marker for inflammation in s.B as well?

Small bowel MRI: Is superior to ct of the small bowel. Mri shows tissues and tissue contrast better than ct. It shows enhancement better. It is safer. The contrast used for MRI is safer than ct contrast. Ct uses a lot of radiation. Mri uses no ionizing radiation. Adding special sb images is quick and easy. And overall the MRI study can tell us more information than the ct exam. ...Read more

Marker (Definition)

A "marker" is a protein or enzyme that can represent a disease process. Some markers are specific for a particular disease, while ...Read more