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 »

The symptoms of elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate include fever, joint pain, skin rash, headache, unexplained weight loss and reduced appetite. The symptoms of elevated sedimentation rate reflect the underlying dis... 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 »

A sed rate test, also known as an erythrocyte sedimentation rate or ESR test, works by measuring the distance red blood cells fall in a test tube within an hour, according to Mayo Clinic. The greater the distance red blo... More »

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A high sedimentation rate is indicative of inflammation somewhere within the body, according to WebMD. Patients who have high sedimentation rates may have certain autoimmune diseases, cancer, kidney disease, joint inflam... 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 »

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 »