Which infection causes high ESR?


ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate) is a blood test that measures the rate at which red blood cells settle in a tube over a given period of time. It is a non-specific test that can be elevated in a variety of conditions, including infections.

Several infections can cause high ESR, including:

  1. Bacterial infections: bacterial infections such as tuberculosis, endocarditis, osteomyelitis, and sepsis can cause elevated ESR.
  2. Viral infections: viral infections such as hepatitis, HIV, and mononucleosis can cause high ESR.
  3. Fungal infections: fungal infections such as histoplasmosis, coccidioidomycosis, and blastomycosis can cause elevated ESR.
  4. Parasitic infections: parasitic infections such as malaria and schistosomiasis can cause high ESR.

It’s worth noting that an elevated ESR does not necessarily indicate a specific infection, and further diagnostic tests may be needed to determine the underlying cause.

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