Correlation between erythrocyte sedimentation rate and C-reactive protein level in patients with rheumatic diseases
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Submission date: 2015-07-10
Acceptance date: 2015-09-19
Online publication date: 2015-12-08
Publication date: 2015-10-31
Reumatologia 2015;53(5):243–246
Objectives: Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and serum level of C-reactive protein (CRP) are the acute phase reactants most commonly determined in patients with rheumatic diseases. The indices are affected by different factors, but both of them are applied for evaluation of the disease activity in patients with inflammatory disorders of the musculoskeletal system.
Material and methods: The authors compared the results of ESR and CRP, which were carried out during routine diagnosis in 200 patients admitted to the Department of Rheumatology.
Results: A significant correlation between ESR and CRP was found (ESR after 1 h/CRP: correlation coefficient 0.6944, ESR after 2 h/CRP: correlation coefficient 0.6126). There was no difference in ESR or CRP between male and female patients, and patients older than 40 years had higher ESR and CRP.
Conclusions: The obtained results support the usefulness of both indices in the clinical practice of rheumatologists.
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