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    lionbaby73 posted:
    What does a sed rate of 55 mean? I know it's slightly higher than normal but what could it mean? Since my doctor had no time to interpret my results with me since I didn't have an appointment I just want an idea of what can cause this. Thank you
     
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    MrsAddka responded:
    A sed rate 55 mm/hour is high enough, do you have too much pain? It is a rate of sedimentation of erythrocytes and it is higher when you have inflammation in your body (a normal rate for women is till 10)
     
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    Scott Zashin, MD responded:
    While the normal result for a sedimentation rate increases as we age, I consider a result over 30 to be abnormal. Inflammatory arthritis like lupus or RA can cause this problem, bbut so can an infection such as a virus. If it is due to an infection, the test will revert back to normal in time. There are a number of other chronic diseases that also can be associated wtih a high sed rate.


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