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Measurement of C-reactive protein in serum for the evaluation of acute phase inflammatory, infectious, and autoimmune conditions.
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CRP elevations are more strongly associated with infection, especially bacterial.
CRP is more sensitive to low-grade inflammation and in general less specific (may reflect smoking, diabetes, depression, chronic fatigue, hormone replacement therapy)
CRP can help prognosticate malignant disease, type II diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, and ischemic stroke. CRP may be useful in cardiovascular disease assessment too.
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