Why shouldn't we determine the erythrocyte sedimentation rate?

@article{Jurado2001WhySW,
  title={Why shouldn't we determine the erythrocyte sedimentation rate?},
  author={R. Jurado},
  journal={Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America},
  year={2001},
  volume={33 4},
  pages={
          548-9
        }
}
  • R. Jurado
  • Published 2001
  • Medicine
  • Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
A test that is meant to measure a given parameter is more likely to detect changes in that parameter if it is not affected by factors other than those which it is intended to quantitate. The clinical use of the laboratory test for determining the erythrocyte sedimentation rate is backed by nearly a century of experience. Although its nonspecificity is acknowledged, it has been used to quantitate the inflammatory process that underlies infectious, inflammatory, and neoplastic disorders. I… Expand
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