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This blood test measures the amount of C-reactive protein in your blood. C-reactive protein levels rise when there is inflammation in your body.
Very high levels of CRP are caused by infections and many serious diseases. But other tests are needed to find the actual cause and location of the inflammation.
This test is used to:
In general, there's nothing you have to do before this test, unless your doctor tells you to.
A health professional uses a needle to take a blood sample, usually from the arm.
The test will take a few minutes.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your test results.
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Adaptation Date: 2/24/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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