Erythrocyte sedimentation rate : Clinical relevance in general practice

Shalini Joshi

Abstract



Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) is one of the oldest hematological tests. used widely to diagnose and monitor various systemic conditions. It is usually higher in females, pregnant and elderly population. Most studies suggest the upper limit of normal ESR in population less than 50 years as 15 mm/h for males and 20 mm/h for females; over 50 years as 20 mm/h for males and 30 mm/h for females. ESR is indicated for diagnosis and monitoring of rheumatoid arthritis, temporal arteritis and polymyalgia rheumatica. It has a role in monitoring patients with treated Hodgkin's disease. Keywords: Erythrocyte sedimentation rate, C-reactive protein.

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