Sed Rate - ESR Test

This test is used to help measure of the degree of inflammation in the body.

This test is used to help measure of the degree of inflammation in the body.

This test measures the extent that red blood cells fall in a thin tube of blood over a given period of time. As a rule, the more the cells settle, the greater the degree of inflammation in the body. This test can be used to monitor the activity of an inflammatory condition. However, it is not used to make a specific diagnosis.

Your healthcare provider may order this test to help monitor the activity of a variety of conditions.

  • The test may occasionally cause slight bruising or bleeding. Risks, such as infection, are extremely rare.
  • Some people may feel faint or have pain when a blood sample is obtained.

What should I ask my healthcare provider before having this test?

  • How frequently do I need to get this test in order to monitor my condition?
  • Is there any special preparation for the test? (If so, get clear instructions on what you need to do.)
  • What is the reason for the test? Will the test results change my treatment plan? If not, do I need the test?


Also known as:

Sedimentation Rate
Sed Rate - ESR Test
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Laboratory Work
Inflammation Test
ESR Inflammation Test
ESR Blood Test
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