Erythrocyte sedimentation rate and C-reactive protein

Aust Prescr. 2015 Jun;38(3):93-4. doi: 10.18773/austprescr.2015.034. Epub 2015 Jun 1.


C-reactive protein is a better indicator of inflammation than the erythrocyte sedimentation rate. It is more sensitive and responds more quickly to changes in the clinical situation. False negative and false positive results are more common when measuring the erythrocyte sedimentation rate. Renal disease, female sex and older age increase the erythrocyte sedimentation rate. The erythrocyte sedimentation rate has value in detecting low-grade bone infection, and in monitoring some patients with systemic lupus erythematosus.

Keywords: C-reactive protein; acute phase reaction; autoimmune diseases; bone infection; erythrocyte sedimentation rate; inflammation.

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