10-30-2008, 01:29 PM
Hi I was wondering about a persons SED Rate...The doctor had told me that a normal woman's rate is 20 and mine is 46...how normal is that for people with this disease? What is your SED Rate?
10-30-2008, 07:51 PM
Sedimentation rate (aka: sed rate) measures the speed at which red blood cells settle to the bottom of a glass tube. The presence of certain abnormal proteins in the blood can cause red blood cells to stick together and sink to the bottom more quickly. An elevated sed rate is not specific to any one disease but is often seen in inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. A raised sedimentation rate usually indicates inflammation and/or the presence of an auto-immune disorder. Autoimmune conditions increase the rate at which the red blood cells (erythrocytes) sink in the test tube and form a sediment. The higher the Sed Rate, the more inflammation in the body.
Lupus is an inflammatory disease, so this test is one of many to determine the activity of the disease.
I hope that this information has been helpful.
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