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Sed rate(grnblt) 60, what does it mean? yes, none at the

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sed rate(grnblt) 60, what does it mean?
JA: Have you seen a doctor about this yet? What medications are you taking?
Customer: yes, none at the moment. will be doing a 24hrs urine test next week.
JA: Is this a time sensitive issue? What type of specimen are they testing?
Customer: no. urine. possible connective tissue disease overlap syndrome. I am going over my lab work checking on stuff that is out of whack.
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: ast(sgot) 10 alt(sgpt) 16. maybe kidney/liver issues.
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 4 months ago.

Hello !

Your sed rate is raging high ... This test is a marker of INFLAMMATION but it is nonspecific ...

That high of a reading tends to occur more in autoimmune diseases ...

Other possible causes of inflammation may include infection / malignancy / trauma --- these too could potentially cause a very high sed rate

Your AST / ALT levels look fine and point away from liver disease

The urine testing would be to check for abnormality protein loss or other findings of kidney disease

Lupus / glomerulonephritis/ vasculitis /mixed connective tissue diseases are some potential culprits that it looks that your doctor is screening for ...

I more doubt an infection as your cause as that would probably be more obvious to cause such a high sed rate -- a bad case of pneumonia for example could do that ...

You would probably be having fever and chills and would have had a high white blood cell count ...

If you do have fever / chills / high WBC then they should check blood cultures and check echocardiogram ( subacute bacterial endocarditis as possible culprit >> that tends to cause fever - racing pulse - fatigue -- shortness of breath )

I hope that this information is helpful for you

Let me know if you have further questions or concerns or discussion

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Thank you and Best Regards,

Anthony Bray MD