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What is C-Reactive Protein

C-Reactive Protein is a protein that is produced in the liver. When inflammation is present in your body then this protein level rises. High levels of CRP are caused by infections and many long-term diseases. Many types of arthritis cause inflammation through out the body. The c-reactive protein test measures the amount of this protein in the body. While this test shows that there is inflammation in the body it can not show where it is located.

The C-reactive protein test is used to help diagnose

  • Diseases of the immune system, such as lupus.
  • Giant cell arteritis
  • Cancer of the lymph nodes
  • Painful swelling of the tissues that line the joints
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Infections in a bone or bones

There is a special type of this test called a high-sensitivity C-reactive protein test. This test is used to determine if you are at higher risk of a heart attack. It measures the amount of inflammation in blood vessels.


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