Sed rate is strictly a measure of inflammation. Cancer does not usually cause inflammation -- so there should be no reason to suspect it because of this test.
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As for the measurement you have -- sed rate is almost always expressed in a titer - such as 1:124 -- and this is a relatively low number, It goes 1:32, 1:64, 1:128, 1:256, 1:512, etc. Some places consider less than 1:64 to be a negative rate.
Please try to stop worrying and set up an appointment so your doctor can go over your test results with you.
[quote]Sed rate, or erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), is a blood test that can reveal inflammatory activity in your body. A sed rate test isn't a stand-alone diagnostic tool, but the result of a sed rate test may help your doctor diagnose or monitor an inflammatory disease.
Today, the test is most often used if your doctor suspects you have one of the following diseases:
* Rheumatoid arthritis, which causes inflammation of the lining of joints and results in pain, joint damage and joint deformity
* Polymyalgia rheumatica, an inflammatory disorder that causes widespread muscle aching and stiffness, primarily in your neck, shoulders, upper arms, thighs and hips
* Giant cell arteritis (GCA), or temporal or cranial arteritis, an inflammation of the lining of your arteries that can cause headaches, jaw pain, and blurred or double vision.
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Post Edited (Lynnwood) : 9/23/2010 9:08:04 AM (GMT-6)