Diagnostic importance of an elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate in the elderly

Clin Rheumatol. 1987 Jun;6(2):177-80. doi: 10.1007/BF02201020.


The usefulness of the erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) in elderly individuals has recently been questioned. ESR measurements were obtained on 100 elderly individuals using the Westergren method. In 4% of the patients screened the ESR was responsible for uncovering previously undiagnosed illnesses. Elevated ESR's, while more prevalent in the elderly than in younger individuals, have a similar pathological significance.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Blood Sedimentation*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica / blood
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica / diagnosis*