According to WebMD, a high sedimentation rate may be caused by an autoimmune disease, cancer, an infection, joint inflammation, pregnancy, Graves' disease or a viral infection. The sedimentation rate blood tests indirect... More »

A high erythrocyte sedimentation rate, or sed rate, indicates an increased level of inflammation in the body, explains MedlinePlus. The test measures how quickly red blood cells in a blood sample fall to the bottom of a ... More »

Inflammatory diseases such as temporal arteritis and polymyalgia rheumatica cause the erythrocyte sedimentation rate, or sed rate, to rise along with white blood cell count. The sed rate generally implies the presence of... More »

Both a high sedimentation rate and a high C-reactive protein are indicative of inflammation somewhere in the body, but neither test can pinpoint the source of the inflammation, state both WebMD and Lab Tests Online. Alth... More »

A high erythrocyte sedimentation rate, or sed rate, indicates an increased level of inflammation in the body, explains MedlinePlus. The test measures how quickly red blood cells in a blood sample fall to the bottom of a ... More »

High prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, levels occur for a variety of reasons including inflammation of the prostate gland, an enlargement of the gland or a urinary tract infection, according to Everyday Health. Addition... More »

A high erythrocyte sedimentation, or SED, rate is anything above 22 mm/hr for men or above 29 mm/hr for women, according to Mayo Clinic. An SED test is administered to test for inflammation in the body, and it can be use... More »