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About ESR test

ESR test

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Know more about ESR test

ESR test is also known as Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate or Sed Rate. This test has been used for many years to detect diseases and infections like cancers, kidney disease, thyroid disorder, heart infection and autoimmune diseases. The erythrocyte sedimentation rate helps to measure how the red blood cells (erythrocytes) get collected at the bottom of a test tube where blood is collected.

The symptoms associated with erythrocyte sedimentation rate occurs when you suffer from polymyalgia rheumatic, systemic vasculitis, or temporal arteritis. 

The common symptoms are:

Headache, neck or shoulder pain, pelvic pain, sudden weight loss, joint stiffness (that last longer than 30 minutes). 

Also when you suffer from anemia and digestive problems such as diarrhea, fever, blood in your urine and unusual abdominal pain.

The erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR or sed rate) is the rate at which red platelets silt in a time of 60 minutes. It is a typical hematology test and is a non-particular measure of inflammation.

During the test, your red blood cells will cling together and will form a clump together. The clump will sink inside the tube with your blood sample and will allow your doctor to judge how much clumping is occurring. If the cells sink fast then there are better chances that inflammation is present.

The test only identifies whether the inflammation is present in your body or not. It doesn’t help in pinpointing the cause of inflammation. This is the reason the doctor doesn’t perform this test alone, instead, they combine it with various other tests.

There is no precaution required before going in for the test.

Depending on your test results, you will be prescribed the medication and treatment. The Treatment may include:

Intake of antibiotics,(when there is infection),

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as naproxen, celecoxib, and diclofenac,

Corticosteroid medications, such as methylprednisolone and dexamethasone.

NSAIDs and corticosteroids are one of the best medications that help the patient to treat inflammation.

Test Method: A blood sample will be collected from a vein of your arm.

Test Report: Turn around time is 24 hours.

When your doctor suspects if you are suffering from any kind of inflammation and prone to related diseases, you will be prescribed this test.

High inflammation in the body might develop certain conditions such as:

Rheumatoid Arthritis: joint pain in legs and arms.

Systematic Lupus Erythematosus: an autoimmune disease, also known as lupus.

Systemic lupus erythematosus, Ischemic stroke, Multiple myelomas, Chronic kidney disease, Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia

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