Diagnostic importance of an elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate in the elderly

P. D. Thomas, J. S. Goodwin

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Abstract

The usefulness of the erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) in elderly individuals has recently been questioned. ESR measurements were obtained on 100 elderly individuals using the Westergren method. In 4% of the patients screened the ESR was responsible for uncovering previously undiagnosed illnesses. Elevated ESR's, while more prevalent in the elderly than in younger individuals, have a similar pathological significance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)177-180
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Rheumatology
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 1987
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Aging
  • Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology

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