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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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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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Positive Ana, low ck, high inflammation markers with extreme leg pain but no other abnormalities. Please help me look in the right direction. ?

Positive Ana, low ck, high inflammation markers with extreme leg pain but no other abnormalities. Please help me look in the right direction. ?

Insufficient info: First I wish you relief, but given the above, you need to start with your own doctor, which you probably had, as you have some lab results, or go to the ER to rule out some serious conditions as venous thrombosis, ischemia or any vascular problem, then look for the other conditions that cause this picture, physical exam and thorough history are needed, good luck ...Read more

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Is the test for HLA-B27 gene a simple YES/NO? Remember my rheumatologist saying "highly elevated". Perhaps inflammation markers or referring to gene?

Is the test for HLA-B27 gene a simple YES/NO? Remember my rheumatologist saying "highly elevated". Perhaps inflammation markers or referring to gene?

Yes/no: HLA-B27 is a genetic test and the result should be yes or no. You are correct about inflammatory mediators, such as sed rate or C-reactive protein which are measured as a quantity and would be high with active inflammation. ...Read more

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Bloodtest. Said inflammation very high what does that mean?

Inflammatory markers: Very high in this case could mean infection, rheumatologic, and malignancy. Hope its none of these and would need to know which exact marker, other lab results, and your symptoms if any. ...Read more

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I feel okay but my CRP levels were high and apparently that means inflammation?

Forget about it: Many people run a high CRP for no reason. It may be genetic, and hopefully you know that the reference ranges are set so that several % of healthy folks fall outside. As a lab specialist, I don't even think folks should be screened -- but in today's medicine, physicians may need to "cover their butts" with this kind of unnecessary testing. Get on with your life. ...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