Sedimentation Rate, Westergren
The Sedimentation Rate (Westergren) Test is a blood test that detects and monitors inflammation in the body. Westergren is the method that measures the speed at which red blood cells settle to the bottom of a glass tube.
Why Do I Need It?:
A Sedimentation Rate Test can confirm a doctor’s diagnosis and proper treatment can be administered and monitored.
High Results Indicate:
|Men under 50 years old||less than 15 mm/hr|
|Men over 50 years old||less than 20 mm/hr|
|Women under 50 years old||less than 20 mm/hr|
|Women over 50 years old||less than 30 mm/hr|
Elevated results can indicate anemia, kidney disease, osteomyelitis, rheumatic fever, rheumatoid arthritis, syphilis, systemic lupus, thyroid disease or other inflammatory disorders. Low Results Indicate:
Low results can indicate congestive heart failure, hypofibrinogenemia and low plasma protein