Sed Rate by Modified Westergren (ESR)

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Sed Rate by Modified Westergren (ESR)


Test Description

Sed Rate by Modified Westergren (ESR)
The ESR blood test is done to check the ongoing inflammatory process in our body. More specifically it is a marker to inflammation. It is performed on the principle of settling of RBCs ( red blood cells). Many Chronic Infections are picked by the deranged ESR levels. It is a first-line test done as a baseline to check the overall health of an individual. Deranged level indicates ongoing Inflammatory processes like MI, Infection of organs, Shock, respiratory infections, joint infections and Sepsis. It is very important to keep a regular check ESR levels for the timely diagnosis of these diseases.

Why this test is carried out
Deaths from Inflammatory Diseases are one of the most common causes of death in the United States of America. An individual needs to keep a check on his ESR level to prevent long term devastating consequences. Moreover, Sepsis affects approximately 1.7 million adults in the United States each year and potentially contributes to more than 250 000 deaths. The same is the case with malignancy, Tuberculosis, cancers, and joint disease. The progression of all of these is monitored by erythrocyte sedimentation rate. Immediately Get yourself tested if you are

  1. Feeling Lethargic and weak
  2. Having fever for unexplained reason
  3. Having shivering spells and chills
  4. Headache
  5. Nausea
  6. Vomiting
  7. Anorexia
  8. Low Blood Pressure
How to Interpret the results
The results of ESR blood test are interpreted as follows;
  • Its normal values are below 18mm/hr
  • Raised above 100mm/hr in cancers, Joint infections, and Chronic respiratory illness.

Special Instructions
There are no such special instructions. You can get yourself tested at any hour of the day without any fast. Moreover, we can take your blood from the vein to perform this test.
It is also called as SED Rate by modified Westergren or Inflammatory Marker. All are similar names for this test.