High levels of C-Reactive Protein suggest an inflammatory process somewhere within the body.
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This test can also be purchased as part of our Autoimmune panel.
PREPARATION: No fasting or other special preparation is needed for this test.
What does this test do?
This test determines the concentration of C-Reactive Protein (CRP) circulating in the bloodstream.
Why is this important?
C-Reactive Protein (CRP) is produced by the liver in response to bacterial infections and other inflammatory processes, including autoimmune disorders. It plays a role in helping dispose of old, worn out white blood cells – as these cells die they produce proteins that bind CRP. This in turn triggers fresh white blood cells to come in, destroy the cells that are no longer active, and continue fighting the infection.
What do the results mean?
High levels of C-Reactive protein in the bloodstream suggest inflammation that is occurring somewhere in the body. However, although CRP is sensitive at detecting inflammation, this does not indicate specifically where the inflammation is located, or what may be causing it. Therefore a CRP test is not considered diagnostic in and of itself; rather it provides information as to whether inflammation is present or not.
Nevertheless, the CRP test – used in conjunction with other factors such as signs, symptoms, and routine physical exam findings – is helpful in monitoring the activity of certain inflammatory conditions such as polymyalgia rheumatica, inflammatory bowel disease, temporal arteritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.