C-Reactive Protein - Quantitative (CRP)
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The liver produces C-reactive protein (CRP). A C-reactive protein test measures the level of CRP in your blood. The C-reactive protein belongs to a class of proteins known as acute phase reactants. The acute-phase reactant increases in response to inflammatory conditions. When the body is under threat by bacteria, the liver releases CRP into the bloodstream. It is the body's defence mechanism for cellular intruders. CRP levels are responses to inflammatory reactions. Chronic illnesses, such as autoimmune diseases, might trigger the acute phase response. CRP is classified as a positive acute-phase reactant since it is an early responder. The CRP levels help doctors to understand the severity of the inflammatory process and the levels do not indicate the location of the inflammation. CRP test helps monitor health issues linked to the inflammatory process. It can tell the prognosis of the disease. A CRP test may be needed when the person has signs and symptoms of inflammatory reaction. There are two types of CRP tests. CRP qualitative levels might indicate inflammatory conditions. It is a parameter for assessing the severity of the inflammatory reaction. It determines whether C-reactive protein is under the normal limit or above that. It is a strip test. The results will be either positive, indicating CRP is above the normal range. A negative test is an indication of CRP within normal limits. This test also helps in the follow up of medical treatment. CRP quantitative test measures the levels of CRP in the blood. Quantitative CRP determines the presence of inflammatory response. Increasing quantitative CRP indicates a severe inflammatory reaction. Declining levels of CRP indicates recovery from inflammation. So CRP quantitative tests monitor treatment and progress of underlying disease conditions. CRP is a non-specific test. It cannot diagnose underlying disease conditions. The CRP test can detect flare-ups in a chronic inflammatory illness and track the patient's response to treatment. The High Sensitivity C-reactive Protein Test (hs-CRP) is a type of CRP test that is more sensitive than the regular CRP test. High-sensitivity CRP (hs-CRP) testing can detect extremely low CRP levels. The hs-CRP test commonly assesses the risk of developing cardiovascular disease in otherwise healthy people. Even though both tests measure CRP, hs-CRP is considered a different test. Women tend to have slightly higher CRP levels compared to men. Pregnant women too, show higher CRP levels.
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