Re: what do blood tests mean description for crp
Hi, CPR =C-Reactive Protein, it is a test which measures the concentration in blood serum of a special type of protein produced in the liver that is present during episodes of acute inflammation or infection. In the body, CRP plays the important role of interacting with the complement system, a major part of the immune system, which is activated at the first sign of invasion, and is deadly to invaders.
ESR=The erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), or sedimentation rate (sed rate), is a measure of the settling of red blood cells in a tube of blood during one hour. The rate is an indication of inflammation and increases in many diseases.
FBC= Full Blood Count, A full blood count measures the status of a number of different features of the blood, including:
the amount of haemoglobin in the blood;
the number of red blood cells (red cell count);
the percentage of blood cells as a proportion of the total blood volume (haematocrit or packed cell volume);
the volume of red blood cells (mean cell volume);
the average amount of haemoglobin in the red blood cells (known as mean cell haemoglobin);
the number of white blood cells (white cell count);
the percentages of the different types of white blood cells (leucocyte differential count); and
the number of platelets
I leave a link to simply explain each in turn.
It is used to determine your general health and to identify conditions such as anaemia, which causes you to have fewer red blood cells than normal. RBC means red blood cell count, and WBC means white blood cell count. It is the physicians main diagnostic tool, because a full blood spec is like a map of your overall health.
U&E Liver (LFT) =urea and electrolytes (U&E), liver function.
Urea-This is a series of tests to discover if the kidneys are functioning properly.
electrolytes=Electrolytes are minerals in your blood and other body fluids that carry an electric charge.It is important to keep a balance of electrolytes in your body, because they affect the amount of water in your body, blood acidity (pH), muscle action, and other important processes. You lose electrolytes when you sweat, and you must replace them by drinking fluids.
Electrolytes exist in the blood as acids, bases, and salts (such as sodium, calcium, potassium, chlorine, magnesium, and bicarbonate). These are measured by studies of the blood.
LFTs = liver function tests. These are blood tests to check that your liver is working properly.
Trust this helps you understand what a full blood spec means.