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Elevated ESR, do I need to be concerned?

Patient: My ESR is elevated and Dr. has no answer to it. Is it ok to forget about it?

 

 

Doctor: ESR is a non-specific marker of inflammation in the body. Normal ESR in mm/hr can be roughly calculated from the formula : [Age in years + 10 (if female)]/2, therefore your normal would be <20mm/hr, if you are approximately 30 years old. It is difficult to know what could have caused your ESR to increase. I would suggest that you repeat the ESR in a few months to appreciate the general trend in readings.

 


 

 
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Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

Dr. Suneel Sharman completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Toronto. He currently operates Infinity Health Centre, a walk-in-clinic in downtown Toronto.

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