High VHS may be a sign of infections caused by viruses or bacteria or inflammatory processes. However, if the HSV values are very high (above 100 mm / h), it is almost certain that the person has some infectious disease, polymyalgia rheumatica, temporal arteritis, inflammation in connective tissue or yet cancer.
However, there are several factors that can alter erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) of red blood cells (gestation, anemia, thyroid problems, diabetes, renal and heart failure), generating false-positive and false-negative results.
The VHS reference values vary according to age and gender:
|less than 50 years||up to 15 mm / h||up to 20 mm / h|
|more than 50 years||up to 20 mm / h||up to 30 mm / h|
|over 85 years||up to 30 mm / h||up to 42 mm / h|
However, when VHS is very high (above 100 mm / h) there is little chance that the result will be wrong, since the exam is usually very specific in these cases.
Thus, when the results of the HSV test are very high, it is an important finding and needs to be evaluated, especially if the person has signs and symptoms of infection, such as fever and increased numbers of leukocytes (leukocytosis) .
It is up to the doctor who asked for the test to interpret the results and investigate the cause of the increase in HSV.
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