THOMAS MCC. CHESNEY, M.D.
To the editor: As a diagnostician, I was pleased to see the critical review of the current value, or lack thereof, of the erythrocyte sedimentation rate by Drs. Sox and Liang (1). I was surprised, however, when the authors did not even mention the use for this test that we find of greatest value in our large diagnostic hematology laboratory.
Our laboratory annually processes about 3000 interpreted studies-1000 bone marrow aspirates and biopsy samples and 2000 anemia diagnostic studies. The anemia studies consist of an expanded complete blood count with erythrocyte indices, reticulocyte count (relative and absolute), erythrocyte sedimentation rate,
CHESNEY TM. The Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate. Ann Intern Med. ;105:469–470. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-105-3-469
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;105(3):469-470.
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