The sedimentation rate (sed rate) test is a blood test that measures how quickly red blood cells settle in a test tube. When inflammation is present in the body, the red blood cells stick together and fall more quickly than normal to the bottom of the tube.
A sed rate test is done to:
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 call line 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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Current as of: October 31, 2016
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