C-reactive Protein Test

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2009-01-29 09:25:12 -0600
Started 2009-01-29 08:52:24 -0600

I just read a great article on the prevention of amputation thru a test called C-reactive protien. Have any of you requested your doctor perfrom this test in your quarterly lab work? Is it something I should ask my doctor to include if so far my feet are healthy?

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LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-29 09:16:41 -0600 Report

That might be included in your quarterly bloodwork and you just are not aware of it. It's important for a number of reasons. Do you get a copy of your bloodwork from the doctor each time? I try to remember to do that, as I like having a written record.

The CRP test is useful in assessing patients with:

Inflammatory bowel disease
Some forms of arthritis
Autoimmune diseases
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)

CRP may be used to screen apparently healthy people for the following conditions. However, in these cases, the more sensitive test hs-CRP will be ordered:

Coronary heart disease (CHD)
Cardiovascular disease

While the CRP test is not specific enough to diagnose a particular disease, it does serve as a general marker for infection and inflammation, thus alerting medical professionals that further testing and treatment may be necessary.


Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-01-29 09:25:12 -0600 Report

As I am looking through all my monthly blood work, this is included in mine. But for the many years before, I have no clue. I will check into this, Thanks Diane…Debe

highlandcitygirl 2009-01-29 08:58:19 -0600 Report

i didn't know there was such a test! what does it do? can you get the article for us?

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-01-29 08:57:33 -0600 Report

Wow, I would like to read this article. I had protein in my urine since I was small. My protein was always high. I am also am amputee, just wondering if this may have had something to do with it. But I didn't lose my foot to poor circulation. I lost my foot from an infection I couldn't get out of my blood stream. I'm curious now. Thanks Gabby for sharing…debe

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