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My ESR is 45mm/hr. What does it mean?

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My ESR level is 45 mm/hr. I am a female. What does this mean. Help.

Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 6 years ago.


The full form of ESR is erythrocyte sedimentation rate. Whenever it is raised; usually it warrants a further clinical evaluation and investigations to ascertain the cause. Your ESR would be considered as moderately elevated. Depending on your symptoms further evaluation may be considered. But there are many instances, when no abnormality is found despite the raised ESR. So, from diagnostic point of view, this may not pin point the issue and may be raised in fraction of normal individuals. Following conditions can cause raised ESR;

1) All infectious diseases

2) All inflammatory arthritis like rheumatoid, lupus

3) Anemia

4) Rheumatic disease

5) Cancers

6) Lymphoma

7) Giant cell arteritis

8) Multiple myeloma

9) Tuberculosis

10) Chronic renal failure (kidney failure)

The lymphocytes are raised which do point to a chronic infection and can be related to the ESR., which can be raised in chronic infection. The rest of your investigation which you had mentioned do not point to any reason for high ESR.