Understand Your Test

Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR)

Formal Name


Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate


Why Get Tested?

To detect the presence of inflammation caused by one or more conditions such as infectionstumors or autoimmune diseases; to help diagnose and monitor specific conditions such as temporal arteritissystemic vasculitispolymyalgia rheumatica, or rheumatoid arthritis.

When To Get Tested?

When your health practitioner thinks that you might have a condition causing inflammation; when you have signs and symptoms associated with temporal arteritis, systemic vasculitis, polymyalgia rheumatica, or rheumatoid arthritis such as headaches, neck or shoulder pain, pelvic pain, anemia, poor appetite, unexplained weight loss, and joint stiffness.