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Whether positive or negative, what effects does iron deficiency have on esr?
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Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: No effect by Fe def
The ESR may be useful in differentiating iron deficiency from anemia of chronic disease in patients with a background chronic inflammatory condition such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Unfortunately, the ESR is neither sensitive nor specific when used in isolation. An elevated ESR can occur in so many conditions. That's why history taking, physical exam, and collection of other lab data are important.

In brief: No effect by Fe def
The ESR may be useful in differentiating iron deficiency from anemia of chronic disease in patients with a background chronic inflammatory condition such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Unfortunately, the ESR is neither sensitive nor specific when used in isolation. An elevated ESR can occur in so many conditions. That's why history taking, physical exam, and collection of other lab data are important.
Dr. Michio Abe
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Dr. George Valdez
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Not much
If ESR is low, is reassuring is not inflammatory process, but high ESR doesnt mean inflammatory anemia or any diagnosis in particular. You can have high or low ESR with or without iron deficiency, have to put in context with other labs and clinical scenario.

In brief: Not much
If ESR is low, is reassuring is not inflammatory process, but high ESR doesnt mean inflammatory anemia or any diagnosis in particular. You can have high or low ESR with or without iron deficiency, have to put in context with other labs and clinical scenario.
Dr. George Valdez
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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care
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In brief: ESR to Eval Anemia
You can use the ESR to help differentiate iron deficiency anemia (low esr) from inflammatory anemias (high esr).
Both categories of anemias can present with the similar indices, so the ESR can help differentiate the two.

In brief: ESR to Eval Anemia
You can use the ESR to help differentiate iron deficiency anemia (low esr) from inflammatory anemias (high esr).
Both categories of anemias can present with the similar indices, so the ESR can help differentiate the two.
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Dr. George Valdez
Just to clarify, if esr is low, is reassuring, but high esr doesnt mean inflammatory anemia or any diagnosis in particular.
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