Potential clinical applications of C-reactive protein

J Clin Lab Anal. 1990;4(3):231-5. doi: 10.1002/jcla.1860040316.


This article reviews the clinical applications of C-reactive protein (CRP). This acute-phase protein is a distinct and sensitive marker for inflammation and tissue injury. It is a simple, fast, and relatively inexpensive latex agglutination test. The aspects of CRP reviewed include diagnostic support, serial measurements to evaluate disease course and therapeutic response, and screening studies.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acute-Phase Reaction / diagnosis
  • Agglutination Tests
  • Biomarkers*
  • C-Reactive Protein / analysis*
  • Humans


  • Biomarkers
  • C-Reactive Protein