1. What other tests might my doctor be requesting besides plasma viscosity?
Your doctor may request a CRP test as well as other biochemistry and an 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.
The PV is an indicator in your body. Like pain, it is giving you a warning that something is wrong. In most cases, the PV will decrease over time once the underlying inflammation is addressed. If you have a chronic (longstanding) inflammatory disease, the PV may fluctuate with the degree of activity your condition.
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