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Does ESR of 19 mm/hr means that patient had no cancer?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not necessarily

The ESR is a very nonspecific marker for inflammation that relies of the settling rate of red cells in a long tube.
Red cells coated with inflammatory materials fall faster than those without.A low ESR implies that there are not a lot of circulating inflammatory factors. Cancers may or may not trigger the release of these factors and may or may not yield a normal ESR of 19.

In brief: Not necessarily

The ESR is a very nonspecific marker for inflammation that relies of the settling rate of red cells in a long tube.
Red cells coated with inflammatory materials fall faster than those without.A low ESR implies that there are not a lot of circulating inflammatory factors. Cancers may or may not trigger the release of these factors and may or may not yield a normal ESR of 19.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. James Burns
Emergency Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: ESR of no value as c

Erythrocyte sedimentation rate by itself is of no value as a cancer marker. It may or may not be elevated depending on the type of cancer or any other non-malignant medical condition, but a normal ESR by itself means nothing.

In brief: ESR of no value as c

Erythrocyte sedimentation rate by itself is of no value as a cancer marker. It may or may not be elevated depending on the type of cancer or any other non-malignant medical condition, but a normal ESR by itself means nothing.
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Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not sure.

Esr is not a good test for cancer.
It can be normal or elevated if someone has cancer. Would recommend additional evaluation if you are concerned.

In brief: Not sure.

Esr is not a good test for cancer.
It can be normal or elevated if someone has cancer. Would recommend additional evaluation if you are concerned.
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
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