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Monday, December 9, 2013
Arthritis and Rheumatism
Interpreting Elevated ANA and ESR Results
Recently, I received bloodwork results indicating a high ESR of 54 and an ANA of 1:160 speckled. My doctor believes these markers could be a result of gallbladder surgery performed in May of this year. I`m curious to know if a surgical procedure could cause these elevated levels.
Also of note, I have been experiecing intermittent joint pain in both elbows and hands for several weeks.
Should I press my doctor to have further blood tests done? Thank you.
ESR and ANA elevations may be reactive to a multitude of causes. However, if your symptoms persist at a time even further out from your surgery, then it would be reasonable to repeat the laboratories.
Raymond Hong, MD, MBA, FACR
Formerly, Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University