ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate) is a blood test that measures how quickly red blood cells settle to the bottom of a test tube over a certain period of time. An elevated ESR can indicate inflammation in the body, but it is not a specific diagnostic tool and can be influenced by a variety of factors.
The interpretation of an elevated ESR result depends on the individual’s medical history, symptoms, and other laboratory findings. In general, an ESR may be a cause for concern if it is significantly elevated and is accompanied by other signs and symptoms of an underlying medical condition.
Some conditions that may cause an elevated ESR include infections, autoimmune diseases, certain cancers, and chronic inflammatory disorders. If you are experiencing unexplained symptoms such as fever, fatigue, weight loss, joint pain, or swelling, you should discuss your concerns with your healthcare provider. They may recommend additional testing or refer you to a specialist for further evaluation and treatment