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Overview

Erythrocyte sedimentation rate is the rate at which red blood cells sediment in an hour. The Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate test measures this rate to detect inflammation.

What is Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate test?

The Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate test measures the time taken by erythrocytes (Red Blood Cells) to settle down at the bottom of the test tube that contains the blood sample. Red blood cells take time to settle down and a faster rate indicates inflammation in the body. The Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate test is also called the ESR or SED rate test.

Why is Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate test suggested?

The Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate test is suggested to diagnose the symptoms of inflammatory disorders such as

  • Weight loss.
  • Stiffness in the joints.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Fever
  • Headache

How is the Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate test performed?

The Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate test is performed at a pathology lab in the following steps:

  • The intravenous blood sample is collected from the patient.
  • The sample is tested for the erythrocyte sedimentation r

What are the parameters measured in the Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate test?

The Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate test measures the rate at which erythrocytes settle down at the bottom of a test tube.

Preparation before the Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate test

The Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate test does not need any prior preparation. The doctor should be provided a medical history and informed about diet and current medical prescription.

Post-care after Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate test

The Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate test does not require any post-care. The patient can go home after providing a sample for the Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate test. Any bruising, pain, or excessive bleeding from the sample collection site should be reported to the doctor.

Sample Types in the Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate test

Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate test is performed using an intravenous blood sample.

Side effects of the Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate test

The patient may experience the following side effects:

  • Slight pain at the sample collection spot for the Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate test.
  • Feeling weak or lightheaded after providing a

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