C-Reactive Protein (CRP) Test

What is C-Reactive Protein (CRP) blood test?

A c-reactive protein (CRP) test is a simple blood test that is used to measure the level of c-reactive protein in your blood. The CRP protein is produced by the liver and a higher level of CRP indicates inflammation in your body when sent to the bloodstream. A CRP test is very helpful in diagnosing medical conditions that are responsible for inflammation including autoimmune diseases, injuries and infections. Additionally, some chronic disorders can also result in inflammation.

Furthermore, a hs-CRP test (high sensitivity CRP) is also used to detect the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases such as coronary artery disease.


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What is the CRP Test done for?

Your medical health provider may ask for a CRP Test to check the inflammation in your body and its cause. However, several medical conditions can lead to inflammation and severe pain such as:

  • A bacterial infection that may be life-threatening.
  • A chronic inflammatory disease that includes rheumatoid arthritis or lupus.
  • Osteomyelitis is an infection of the bone that causes redness over the affected area and results in inflammation.
  • Fungal infection
  • Inflammatory bowel disease also causes inflammation in the intestine and bleeding.
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID).

Therefore, a CRP Test is very crucial to determine any of these medical conditions that are causing inflammation, swelling or pain in the body.