PATRICK S. PASULKA, M.D.; BRUCE R. BISTRIAN, M.D., Ph.D.; GEORGE L. BLACKBURN, M.D., Ph.D.
To the editor: During the screening laboratory examination of morbidly obese patients being evaluated for gastric bypass surgery, erythrocyte sedimentation rates, as measured by the modified Westergren method, are routinely obtained. We have noted an unexpectedly high prevalence of elevated rates in these patients not attributable to associated clinical conditions.
A review of the charts of the last 24 patients showed that 11 of 20 women and 2 of 4 men had sedimentation rates exceeding the upper limits of normal (20 mm/h for women, 10 mm/h for men) in our laboratory. Seven patients had rates of 40 m/h or more.
PASULKA PS, BISTRIAN BR, BLACKBURN GL. Obesity and Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rates. Ann Intern Med. ;103:304. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-103-2-304_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;103(2):304.
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