Question to the doctor: “For several years, the ESR in the blood has been increased. What is the reason?”
ESR, or erythrocyte sedimentation rate in the blood, is usually associated with the development of the inflammatory process in the body. The more acute the inflammation, the stronger the erythrocytes settle to the bottom of the tube. However, as told Olga Malinovskaya, head of the medical department of the federal network of medical laboratories KDL, doctors consider another blood indicator, C-reactive protein (CRP), to be a more indicative marker of inflammation. It rises rapidly if there is a reason for the inflammatory reaction, and just as quickly decreases if the inflammatory process has ended.