ESR stands for erythrocyte sedimentation rate, which is a blood test that measures how quickly red blood cells settle at the bottom of a test tube. An ESR of 70 mm/hour is considered a high value and may indicate an underlying medical condition.
A high ESR can be caused by a variety of conditions, including inflammation, infection, autoimmune diseases, and certain types of cancer. In some cases, it may be a non-specific finding and not necessarily indicative of any specific disease.
The interpretation of a high ESR value depends on the individual’s clinical presentation and other laboratory test results. Further evaluation by a healthcare provider is necessary to determine the underlying cause and appropriate treatment.