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Inflammation Marker

Inflammatory markers are altered levels of blood parameters. They aid in the diagnosis of autoimmune disorders, malignancy, heart diseases, and infectious conditions. Some inflammatory markers are CRP (c-reactive protein), ferritin, tumor necrosis factor, erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), interleukins 6 and 10, procalcitonin, and serum amyloid. Some markers are elevated in pregnancy and mental illnesses.

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How to stop an ulcerative colitis flare-up?

Query: Hello doctor,I have had ulcerative colitis for 30 years. I had one bad attack, then remission for ten years till I had my second child, and then a few minor flares over the years. I have diagnosed with sigmoidoscopy then had a colonoscopy that almost killed me. I have not had one since, and now I ju...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I feel very sorry to hear that you have been through such a pretty bad time for that many years. So first thing first, I am not convinced that you have an acute flare of ulcerative colitis. This is because the computed tomography is not a sensitive modality to de...  Read Full »

What is Lp-PLA2 test done for?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 47 year old female. My height is 5'4" and weight is 120 pounds. I have slightly elevated cholesterol level and so I had a blood test done before three months for Lp-PLA2, which came back high. I had it repeated this week, exactly three months later and it came back double high. I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to We are here to help you. Lp-PLA2 (lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2) is a marker of inflammation and can be raised in any atherosclerosis or even inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. However predominantly it is used as a cardiac marker. I need few deta...  Read Full »

Please suggest ways to lower SGPT levels.

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter is 8 years old. She is suffering from jaundice for the past four months. Presently, as per her blood test, bilirubin 0.40 mg/dL, conjugated bilirubin 0.10 mg/dL, unconjugated bilirubin 0.30 mg/dL and ALT (SGPT) 57.00 U/L. The medicines she had been prescribed are Junior Lanzol...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to To add to your knowledge, SGPT is a marker of inflammation of the liver (serum glutamic-pyruvate transaminase). Whenever there is some damage to the liver, the SGPT will rise along with serum bilirubin levels. During healing of the liver, the SGPT levels slightly raise...  Read Full »

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