Werner O. Richter, MD; Wolfgang Möhrle, MD; Peter Schwandt, MD
Obesity is included in the differential diagnosis of an elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate (1, 2). To determine whether obesity by itself can cause an increase in the ESR to abnormal values, we measured the ESRs in otherwise healthy obese persons and compared these rates with those in healthy persons of normal weight.
Of the 152 persons screened, 31 obese persons were enrolled in our study. The results of the following studies were normal in all of our obese participants: clinical examination, measurement of serum variables (electrolytes, renal and liver values, electrophoresis, lipoproteins, and hematologic values), oral glucose tolerance test, electrocardiogram,
Richter WO, Möhrle W, Schwandt P. Obesity and the Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate. Ann Intern Med. ;109:928–929. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-109-11-928
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;109(11):928-929.
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