Sedimentation Rate Testing (Westernized)
Fasting Required: No Specimen: Blood Results: 1-2 Business Days Description: An indirect measure of the degree of inflammation present in the body. It is used to screen for inflammation, cancer, and infection. A high sed rate is found in a wide variety of infectious, inflammatory, and malignant diseases - the presence of an abnormality which needs further evaluation. Methodology: Modified Westergren Limitations: Patients with polycythemia and many hemoglobin abnormalities may have depressed sed rates whereas patients with anemia may have elevated sed rates. Clinical Significance: Useful in differentiating inflammatory and neoplastic diseases and as an index of disease severity. CRP is also useful in monitoring inflammatory disease states.