Sed rate, or erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), is a blood test that can reveal inflammatory activity in your body. A sed rate test isn’t a stand-alone diagnostic tool, but it can help your doctor diagnose or monitor the progress of an inflammatory disease.
Inflammation is how the body defends itself. While it’s the ultimate weapon against acute pathologic processes, chronic inflammation is what makes problems to the patients. By performing CBC, Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR) testing and Homocysteine, you will get a clear picture whether or not there is an inflammation in your body and what seems to be the cause. In most cases, viral, bacterial, fungal, allergic and autoimmune inflammation will be distinguishable just by looking at the parameters contained in this test. The list of conditions diagnosed by this test doesn’t end here. Almost every lymphoma diagnosis starts as a routine Complete Blood Count because the patient presents with some benign condition (cold, increased body temperature, etc). It is a simple test that can literally make a difference between life and death.
What does this blood test reveal about your health?
This blood test is designed to answer a simple question: is there any inflammation in your body and what causes it. Also, some malignant blood disorders, such as lymphoma, may be diagnosed by taking this test.
You should perform this test if you:
• Are febrile for more than a week and you have no other symptoms
• Are diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and experiencing that disease is worsening lately
• Have a medical history of seasonal allergic reactions and you are experiencing an episode right now
• Have a clear signs of an infection (respiratory infection, for example)
• Experiencing night sweats that you cannot explain
• Want to perform a routine checkup and check if your body is fighting against inflammation at the moment
Estimated Time Taken
1 - 2 working days after collection of specimen.