1. What other tests might my doctor be requesting besides plasma viscosity?
Your doctor may request a CRP test as well as other biochemistry tests, FBC and blood film, at the same time they request plasma viscosity. They may also request additional tests based on your symptoms, such as the ANA (antinuclear antibody) and RF (rheumatoid factor) tests suggestive of autoimmune diseases, or cultures to investigate infection. Serum electrophoresis can look for evidence of diseases such as multiple myeloma and lymphoma.
Plasma viscosity results give an indication of the amount of protein in the blood. The amount of protein in the blood can become elevated for many reasons and in most cases, a raised plasma viscosity will decrease over time once the underlying inflammation or other cause is addressed. If you have a chronic (longstanding) inflammatory disease, plasma viscosity may fluctuate with the degree of activity your condition.
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