Q. What is the cause for increase in CRP level?

Answered by
Dr. Parth R Goswami
and medically reviewed by Dr.Nithila A
This is a premium question & answer published on Sep 20, 2019

Hello doctor,

I am a 30-year-old male. My lab results suggest,

1. Normal CBC, ESR, kidney function, and liver functions.

2. Normal CT scan on the brain.

3. I am not diabetic and do not have blood pressure or heart disease.

4. I am negative for all the virus A, B, C and HIV gen 1,2 and 3.

5. Elevated CRP level is 8.

6. My health condition is IBS, anxiety, tension headaches, allergic rhinitis, and poor dental care.

I have an elevated CRP level, and I do not know why? And also how can my ESR be normal while my CRP is not?

Dr. Parth R Goswami

Hematology Pathology


Welcome to the icliniq.com.

The CRP (C-reactive protein) raised in case of any inflammation in the body. ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate) doesn't need to be always increased when CRP raised because ESR is a non-specific marker of inflammation. It is not as much sense as like that of CRP. Your CRP value mildly increased which will fall within range once inflammation resolution occurs. Allergic rhinitis probably might be the cause. The irritable bowel syndrome and tension headache are associated with anxiety.

So you need to treat anxiety with anxiolytic medicine and with SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) group of drug for few months along with counseling. For anxiety treatment, you can visit a nearby psychiatrist. I hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further.

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