Overview of C-Reactive Protein Qualitative
What is C-Reactive Protein Qualitative?
Preparation for C-Reactive Protein Qualitative
- Do not eat or drink anything other than water for 8-12 hours before the test.
Why Get Tested for C-Reactive Protein Qualitative?
The C-reactive Protein Test is performed:
· To help detect the presence of an acute bacterial infection
· To help detect autoimmune diseases
· To monitor treatment for infection, inflammation, autoimmune diseases, and cancer
Understand more about C-Reactive Protein Qualitative
C-reactive Protein or CRP is an acute phase reactant protein which is produced and secreted by the liver in response to any inflammation in the body, which may be caused by tissue injury, infection, or autoimmune diseases. CRP levels increase in patients with trauma, heart attack, autoimmune diseases, bacterial infections, sepsis, post surgery, cancer, etc. CRP levels are often increased before the onset of other symptoms of inflammation such as pain, fever, etc. CRP levels in blood fall as the inflammation subsides.
CRP Qualitative Test detects the presence of increased CRP in blood. Another version of the CRP test called CRP Quantitative Test measures the levels of CRP in blood and is prescribed more routinely. CRP test is performed to determine the presence of an inflammation or to monitor the treatment and progress of an inflammatory condition. It is a non-specific test. It can neither diagnose a condition by itself nor can it determine the location of a particular inflammation or disease. Other tests along with physical examination are performed to diagnose a particular condition and determine the location.
CRP test can detect flare-ups in a chronic inflammatory condition, as well as is useful in monitoring response to treatment.
A variant of the CRP test is the High Sensitivity C-reactive Protein Test (hs-CRP) which is more sensitive for CRP levels and can detect blood CRP levels at a lower concentration than the standard CRP Test. The hs-CRP Test is performed usually to determine the risk of development of cardiovascular diseases in otherwise healthy individuals.
What Results of C-Reactive Protein Qualitative mean?
A positive test result means that the CRP levels in the blood are increased.
Higher CRP levels indicate the presence of an inflammation which may be caused by an infection, trauma, autoimmune diseases, cancers, etc.
The CRP Test can only detect the presence of an inflammatory condition. Other tests and physical examinations are performed to diagnose a particular condition.
Patient Concerns about C-Reactive Protein Qualitative
Frequently Asked Questions about C-Reactive Protein Qualitative