This is a blood test that is used to examine any inflammation in this body. Erythrocyte, commonly known as red blood cells have a natural tendency to fall to the bottom of a tube due to its density. This test measures the rate at which the red blood cells fall to the bottom.
Why get tested?
The erythrocyte sedimentation rate is used to monitor and diagnose any undiagnosed or unexplained illness characterized by inflammation in the body. It is generally used for diagnosing arthritis, skin infections, kidney ailments, unexplained fever, and muscle pain.
What it measures?
Also known as sedimentation rate test, this test is done by measuring the rate at which the red blood cells settle at the base of a tube. An area having inflammation will have a faster fall rate than the normal degree. This is because inflammation causes the red blood cells to become denser in volume, making them heavy and to settle down faster.