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Thursday, July 31, 2014
Arthritis and Rheumatism
What Does a Sed Rate of 34 and an Absolute Eosinophils of 11 Indicate?
I went to the doctor because my hands started to hurt really bad. I currently have already been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, but am getting worse. Test showed that my sed rate is high wtih 34 and a low Absolute Eosinpphils 11. What does this mean?
The erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) is a non-specific, indirect marker that may correlate with an inflammatory response. The results of the ESR do not indicate the source of the inflammatory response. Due to its non-specific nature and propensity for non-meaningful elevations, the ESR should be utilized and interpreted with caution. Additionally, ESR results tend to naturally increase with age.
Raymond Hong, MD, MBA, FACR
Formerly, Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University