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What causes elevated ESR levels while suffering from fever?

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Posted on Thu, 19 May 2016
Question: my 15 years old son having high esr(24) and fever since last a 3 weeks. other tests are normal
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Answered by Dr. Arun (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Needs reevaluation and further tests

Detailed Answer:
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Thanks for writing to us.
I have seen the attached reports.
Fever lasting for 3 weeks needs more tests like blood culture, dengue IgM and IgG, Lepto MAT, chest xray, etc.
Follow up with your doctor, get him reevaluated to look for source of hidden infection like ears, lungs, etc.
High ESR is non specific. Any stress can increase it. It doesn't pinpoint to any particular diagnosis.
Ensure he drinks plenty of liquids to keep him hydrated.

Wishing your son good health and speedy recovery.
Regards
Dr Arun

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What causes elevated ESR levels while suffering from fever?

Brief Answer: Needs reevaluation and further tests Detailed Answer: Hi Thanks for writing to us. I have seen the attached reports. Fever lasting for 3 weeks needs more tests like blood culture, dengue IgM and IgG, Lepto MAT, chest xray, etc. Follow up with your doctor, get him reevaluated to look for source of hidden infection like ears, lungs, etc. High ESR is non specific. Any stress can increase it. It doesn't pinpoint to any particular diagnosis. Ensure he drinks plenty of liquids to keep him hydrated. Wishing your son good health and speedy recovery. Regards Dr Arun