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C-Reactive Protein (CRP) Test

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CRP is a protein that causes inflammation. (CRP) the test determines levels of CRP that are present in your blood. CRP is a protein that causes inflammation throughout the body. CRP is determined using the small amount of blood taken from a vein inside your arm.

A doctor might recommend an examination for CRP when you exhibit signs of inflammation. Doctors may also utilize CRP levels as a guideline for treating an infection caused by bacteria or to evaluate the inflammatory processes present in autoimmune disorders.

About the Test

The purpose of the test

Doctors take CRP for measurement because it's a marker for inflammation. It is a part of the body's defense against injury or illness. The doctor may recommend an examination for CRP to:

  • Look for signs of infection If you experience symptoms of inflammation like redness, chills, fever and flushing, nausea, fast breathing, and a rapid heart rate.

  • Sepsis is a guideline for treatment, a life-threatening condition that occurs when the body's reaction to an infection with a bacterial cause inflammation throughout the body.

  • Monitor flare-ups of chronic inflammatory autoimmune diseases like Lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.

  • Evaluate the treatment of chronic inflammation

What do the tests measure?

The C-reactive protein test is a test that measures how much CRP is present in your blood. CRP levels could indicate the severity and presence of inflammation in your body.

If a bacterial infection or other invaders are threatening the body, The organ releases CRP to the bloodstream to aid in coordinating your body's defenses.

This initial response is known as the acute phase reaction. It's also known by the term inflammation or an inflammation response. The acute phase response is possible in chronic conditions such as autoimmune conditions.

In an early response, CRP is regarded as an acute phase reaction. The level of CRP, which is measured using the blood sample, provides your physician information regarding the severity of inflammation and its severity. But, CRP levels will not inform the doctor about where the inflammation is occurring or its cause.

The High Sensitivity CRP (hs-CRP) test is a distinct type that can identify deficient levels of CRP. While both tests can measure CRP, hs-CRP tests are considered independent tests with different purposes.

When do I need to have a C-Reactive protein test?

CRP test is used to identify or monitor health issues linked with inflammation. For instance, a CRP test may be recommended for you if you show symptoms or signs of

  • Infections caused by viruses or bacteria

  • Autoimmune diseases, such as Lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

  • Minor inflammation is linked to various issues like tobacco, diabetes, or physical trauma.


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