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What other tests might I need in addition to a sedimentation rate test?

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The sed rate test can only tell your doctor that you have inflammation somewhere in your body. It can't show where the inflammation is or what caused it. Your doctor will use the sed rate test together with other tests of inflammation, such as C-reactive protein, to make an official diagnosis.

Talk to your doctor about the results of your sed rate test, and any other tests you have. Make sure you understand what the results mean, and how they'll affect your treatment.

SOURCES:

American Association for Clinical Chemistry: "ESR."

Mayo Clinic: "Sed rate (erythrocyte sedimentation rate): How you prepare," "Overview," "Results," "Why it's done."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What to Expect With Blood Tests."

Nemours Foundation: "Blood Test: Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR)."

University of Rochester Medical Center: "Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 19, 2019

SOURCES:

American Association for Clinical Chemistry: "ESR."

Mayo Clinic: "Sed rate (erythrocyte sedimentation rate): How you prepare," "Overview," "Results," "Why it's done."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What to Expect With Blood Tests."

Nemours Foundation: "Blood Test: Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR)."

University of Rochester Medical Center: "Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 19, 2019

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