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C-reactive protein and C3 lab tests--what are they for?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
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In brief: 2 different tests

C-reactive protein is often used as a marker of inflammation--any disease process causes inflammation in the body, the CRP tend to be higher..
I.E infections, active, rheumatoid arthritis, during heart attack etc... C3 is a specific protein (complement3), one of few protein groups that complement(help) antibodies/phagocytes to clear infection etc..I.E c3 defifiency is disease state. Hope this helps.

In brief: 2 different tests

C-reactive protein is often used as a marker of inflammation--any disease process causes inflammation in the body, the CRP tend to be higher..
I.E infections, active, rheumatoid arthritis, during heart attack etc... C3 is a specific protein (complement3), one of few protein groups that complement(help) antibodies/phagocytes to clear infection etc..I.E c3 defifiency is disease state. Hope this helps.
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