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Blood Test Information

Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR)

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Special instructions
If ESR test required, please contact pathology stores for a Greiner ESR tube.

Please ensure that the tube is filled to between the two lines marked on the side of the tube.

Reference range
Male: 0 - 7 Female: 0 - 10


Turnaround Time
1 day

Department: Haematology

Clinical Application
The ESR is used to as an indicator of the acute phase response and is a helpful indicator of the presence and extent of inflammation and its response to treatment.

The ESR is a useful for monitoring patients with rheumatoid arthritis, temporal arteritis, polymyalgia and Hodgkin’s disease, where the disease activity is mirrored by changes in the ESR.


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