C-Reactive Protein (CRP), Serum
- Reporting Time:
- 6 Hrs
- Specimen Type:
- Home Collection:
- No special preparation required
C-Reactive Protein (CRP)
C-Reactive Protein. (CRP)
C Reactive Protein
To identify the presence of any inflammation and to monitor its response to treatment.
C-Reactive protein is tested in acute bacterial or fungal infections and in inflammatory disorder such asáarthritis, autoimmune disorders, or inflammatory bowel disease.
The C-reactive protein (CRP) test is used to detect acute infections and inflammation. CRP is an acute phase reactant (which means its levels increase in acute infections). It is a protein synthesised in the liver and released into the blood within a few hours of tissue injury, infection or inflammation. The CRP test is not a diagnostic test, but it can be used to evaluate for an acute or chronic inflammatory condition, along with signs and symptoms and other tests. CRP can be used to detect and/or to monitor significant inflammation in acute conditions such as: severe bacterial infection like sepsis, fungal infections, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). CRP levels are also increased in several other conditions like burns, trauma, heart attack, inflammatory bowel disease, certain cancers and chronic inflammatory conditions such as lupus, vasculitis rheumatoid arthritis. CRP test is also used to detect flare-ups and/or to determine if treatment is effective. It along with ESR serves as a general marker for infection and inflammation. liver failure and Interferon alpha inhibit CRP production from liver cells.
1. What do you mean by chronic inflammatory disease?
Chronic inflammatory diseases is a non-specific term used to indicate long lasting inflammation.
Examples include:Conditions such as arthritis, lupus, or inflammatory bowel disease.
2. What is hs-CRP test?
hs-CRP is high sensitivity CRP test which measures very small amounts of CRP in the blood. It is used mostly in normal people to assess their potential risk for heart problems. It typically measures CRP in the range from 0.5 to 10 mg/L in comparision to CRP measured in the range of 10 to 1000 mg/L.