NEIL SHUSTERMAN, M.D.; GAIL MORRISON, M.D.; IRWIN SINGER, M.D.; PAUL KIMMEL, M.D.; FREDERICK KIECHLE, M.D., Ph.D.
To the editor: The review on the clinical use of the erythrocyte sedimentation rate by Sox and Liang (1) in the April issue presented a comprehensive evaluation of this popular test. However, there was no discussion of chronic renal failure and its effect on this test. In several studies of markedly elevated sedimentation rates, renal failure was thought to be the underlying cause in 8% to 17% of cases (2, 3). It was unclear, though, whether renal failure alone or a secondary complicating disease process was responsible.
To clarify this issue, we studied the role of chronic renal failure in
SHUSTERMAN N, MORRISON G, SINGER I, KIMMEL P, KIECHLE F. The Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate and Chronic Renal Failure. Ann Intern Med. ;105:801. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-105-5-801_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;105(5):801.
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