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Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR) (Sed Rate) Print E-mail

Dr. Kennedy The ESR (Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate) is a blood test that detects and monitors inflammation in the body. It measures the rate at which red blood cells (RBCs) in a test tube separate from blood serum over time, becoming sediment in the bottom of the test tube. The sedimentation rate increases with more inflammation. Also commonly called the sed rate. A specialized version of the ESR measures vascular inflammation and is called the High Sensitivity or Cardiac Sedimenation Rate.

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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