C-Reactive Protein Test – An Overview

What is the C-Reactive Protein (CRP) Test?

A C-reactive protein is the type of protein your liver produces in response to the inflammation in the body. A large number of these proteins can be harmful to the body. A C-reactive protein test measures the number of such proteins to understand the gravity of the situation.

A C-reactive protein test helps diagnose many acute and chronic conditions that can cause inflammation. As inflammation can further cause major health concerns for a person, a C-reactive protein test is advised timely to prevent the severity.

It is mostly advised when the body shows the below-mentioned signs and symptoms:

  • A low-grade fever
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Headache, body pain, stiffness, or soreness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sleeping issues or insomnia

A high-sensitive C-Reactive protein (HS-CRP test) is ordered when the body shows:

  • Rapid heart rate
  • Breathlessness
  • High fever
  • Uncontrollable diarrhoea or vomiting
  • Loss of consciousness

There are 2 types of CRP tests:

  • A simple CRP test measures the levels of the targeted proteins in a higher range (10 – 1000 mg/dL)
  • A highly sensitive CRP test (HS-CRP test) measures the proteins in lower levels (0.5 – 10 mg/dL)

An HS-CRP test is used by doctors to determine and evaluate the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.

No fasting is needed if you’re giving a blood sample for a CRP test. However, those who are advised to undergo an HS-CRP test may be told to stop any medications they’re on and fast for at least 9-12 hours beforehand. It is a crucial step to ensure correct results.

CRP test requires a small amount of blood through your veins. The healthcare professional will use a thin needle and draw the blood from one of your arms near the elbow. Whether you choose a hospital, clinic, laboratory, or home collection service to give your blood sample, the process remains the same.

There is usually no side effect or risk involved in a CRP test. However, you should keep the following things in mind:

  • As the blood will be drawn from the vein in the arm through an injection, you can expect a tinge of pain and bruise for a short period.
  • Covering the patch with a cotton bud or a band aid will prevent any chance of infection.
  • Avoid lifting any heavy items for a few hours, while you can take up all the normal tasks as soon as the bleeding stops.

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Understanding the C-Reactive Protein Test Results

There are no set standards for CRP levels and guidelines vary as per the patient. However, the below table shows a general interpretation for reference:

C-reactive protein test results are generally hard to interpret, and these reports need other test reports for a broader view. Many factors impact the levels of such proteins, so your doctor will likely order other tests along with a CRP test to evaluate the gravity of the illness. However, irrespective of any external factors, any CRP level above 10 mg/L indicates an underlying ailment.

CRP Level Result Indication
3 – 10 mg/L Mild Due to sedentary lifestyle and chronic ailments
10 – 100 Moderate Due to inflammation in the body
> 100 Severe Due to severe bacterial infection

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