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Human anatomy and physiology

What is the significance of determining erythrocyte sedimentation rate?

 

ESR is a common haematological test for nonspecific detection of inflammation that may be caused by infection, some ulcers and certain autoimmune diseases. Causes of significantly raised ESR are- all types of anaemia except sickle cell anaemia, HIV  disease, tuberculosis, acute viral hepatitis, ruptured ectopic pregnancy. And causes of reduced ESR  are polycythaemia, dehydration, new born infants.

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