Sedimentation Rate

Sedimentation rate, is the blood test that measures how quickly erythrocytes (red blood cells) settle at the bottom of a special sedimentation tube. A faster than normal rate, means that any component in the blood that increases mass in the blood (inflamation, immune system components, any protein, lipid or electrolytes, polycytemia), has been abnormally elevated, thus erythrocytes descend down to the tube earlier than normal component concentrations.
Interpretation: Sedimentation rate is increased in inflammation, pregnancy, anemia, autoimmune disorders (rheumatoid artritis, lupus etc), infections, some kidney diseases and some cancers (lymphoma, multiple myeloma etc). Sedimentation rate is decreased in sickle cell anemia, leukemia, chronic fatique syndrome, low plasma protein (due to liver and kidney diseases) and congestive heaer failure.
Sample: Arm vein blood (Into spesific sedimentation tube). Fasting
Working day: Everyday
Result Time: 2 hours