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What does ESR signify? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 12-Jul-2014
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Doctor:Hi,
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User:My mother ESR test result come to .37
User:What ESR signifies?
Doctor:Hi, can you tell me what the refrence range is on that test?
Doctor:every lab will differ slightly
User:.1 - .2
Doctor:OK, thanks
Doctor:Now ESR means Erythrocyte Sedimentation rate
User:ok..but what it signifies i.e. what type of disease it is?
Doctor:This is the rate at which your Red Blood Cells will slowly settle down when left to sit in a vial for an hour
Doctor:The faster they settle the thinner and more watery the blood is
Doctor:The reason the blood becomes thinner and more watery can be many things.
Doctor:Generalized inflammation can do it
Doctor:infections can do it
User:ohh..is this serious?
Doctor:heart disease and kidney disease can do it too
Doctor:it's a very nonspecific test
Doctor:heck if someone is very tired and has been in the sun for a long time then the ESR will rise
Doctor:NO, its not serious, it is a nonspecific test
User:ok..My mother have pain in leg..thats why doctor prescribed this test
Doctor:Ok, i think he is checking for arthritis or joint inflammation
User:As my mother is in village and good doctors are not available
Doctor:the high ESR would support either of those diagnosis
User:so, should i tell her to show it to a another doctor in city...
Doctor:Ok, well. I am sure he must have ordered other tests
User:No..thats the problem
Doctor:Oh
Doctor:huh
Doctor:hmmm
Doctor:yhea, that test alone is nearly useless
Doctor:it may be a good idea to get a second opinion.
User:ok..which specialist doctor to show this?
Doctor:If you ant, upload her reports and scans and whatever else you have to an ASK a Doctor query on our site and we will find someone for you
Doctor:You most likely need an Ortho doctor given the symptoms you mentioned
User:ok thanks
Doctor:Happy to help
Doctor:Thanks for visiting me here. Bye for now.
User:Bye
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