This panel includes blood tests that are related to inflammation and certain diseases. Blood tests included are: CRP, CPK, LDH, Ferritin, Homocysteine and ESR
This inflammation lab test panel includes:
C-Reactive Protein (CRP) – CRP is a substance produced by the liver that increases in the presence of inflammation in the body. This test helps to diagnose and monitor the activity of some inflammatory and infectious conditions—arterial damage results from white blood cell invasion and inflammation within the wall. CRP is a general marker for inflammation and infection, so it can be used as a very rough proxy for heart disease risk. The American Heart Association and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have defined risk groups based on CRP: Low Risk: less than 1.0 mg/L, Average risk: 1.0 to 3.0 mg/L, High risk: above 3.0 mg/L. CRP can also be increased by sleep apnea, rheumatoid arthritis, colon cancer, and inflammatory bowel disease.
CK- Creatine Kinase (or Creatine Phosphokinase – CPK)- Creatine phosphokinase is an enzyme in the heart, brain, and skeletal muscle. It is tested by taking a blood sample. High CPK can indicate muscle destruction and inflammation, heart attacks, and central nervous system issues.
Ferritin- Serum ferritin is a screening tool to detect iron deficiency. Serum ferritin values in the 200–2000 ng/ml range may be increased due to non-iron-related factors, including inflammation and obesity.
Homocysteine- A high level of homocysteine in the blood (hyperhomocysteinemia) makes a person more prone to endothelial cell injury, leading to inflammation in the blood vessels, which may lead to plaque build-up inside blood vessels. Hyperhomocysteinemia is, therefore, a possible risk factor for coronary artery disease since it has been correlated with blood clots, heart attacks, and strokes.
Lactic Acid Dehydrogenase (LDH)- LDH is an enzyme, or catalyst, found in many body tissues involved in energy production. These include red blood cells, skeletal muscles, heart, kidneys, brain, and lungs. LDH is most often measured to check for tissue damage. LDH is in many body tissues, especially the heart, liver, kidney, muscles, brain, blood cells, and lungs. An elevated level of LDH may be seen with: Anemia, infections (such as infectious mononucleosis (mono), meningitis, encephalitis, and HIV), sepsis, intestinal and lung (pulmonary) infarction, kidney disease, liver disease, muscle injury, pancreatitis, cancers, and bone fractures.
Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (by Westergren) (ESR)- ESR is the rate at which red blood cells sediment in a period of one hour. To perform the test, anticoagulated blood was traditionally placed in an upright tube, known as a Westergren tube, and the rate at which the red blood cells fall was measured and reported in mm/h. The ESR is increased in inflammation, pregnancy, anemia, autoimmune disorders (such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus), infections, kidney diseases, and cancers (such as lymphoma and multiple myeloma). The ESR is decreased in polycythemia, hyperviscosity, sickle cell anemia, leukemia, low plasma protein (due to liver or kidney disease), and congestive heart failure.
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