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Also known as: Erythrocyte sedimentation rate

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To detect and monitor the activity of inflammation as an aid in the diagnosis of the underlying cause

When to Get Tested?

When your doctor thinks that you might have a condition that causes inflammation and to help diagnose and follow the course of this, especially temporal arteritis or polymyalgia rheumatica

Sample Required?

A blood sample taken from a vein in the arm

Test Preparation Needed?