High sedimentation rates may be caused by:
- Autoimmune diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematosus or rheumatoid arthritis.
- Cancer, such as lymphoma or multiple myeloma.
- Chronic kidney disease.
- Infection, such as pneumonia, pelvic inflammatory disease, or appendicitis.
Keeping this in view, what does it mean if your ESR is high?
Moderately elevated ESR occurs with inflammation but also with anemia, infection, pregnancy, and with aging. A very high ESR usually has an obvious cause, such as a severe infection, marked by an increase in globulins, polymyalgia rheumatica or temporal arteritis.
Can ESR test detect cancer?
Your doctor may order an ESR test to help detect inflammation in your body. This can be useful in diagnosing conditions that cause inflammation, such as autoimmune diseases, cancers, and infections. An ESR test can monitor inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis or systemic lupus erythematosus.
How long does it take for ESR to return to normal?
In the first 24 hours of a disease process, the ESR may be normal and CRP elevated. The CRP will return to normal, within a day or so, if the focus of inflammation is eliminated. The ESR will remain elevated for several days until excess fibrinogen is removed from the serum (Table 1).