Description: This test is used to evaluate the nonspecific activity of infections, inflammatory conditions, autoimmune disorders, and plasma cell dyscrasias. Useful in differentiating inflammatory and neoplastic diseases and as an index of disease severity. Patients with polycythemia and many hemoglobin abnormalities may have depressed sed rates whereas patients with anemia may have elevated sed rates.
A significant deviation from the normal range may require further evaluation by your physician.
Alternative Names(s): Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate; ESR; Westergren Sedimentation Rate: Sed Rate by Modified Westergren