Medical Specialty >> Hematology

Doctors Lounge - Hematology Answers

Back to Hematology Answers List

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. Doctors Lounge ( does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned on the Site.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided on is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician. Please read our 'Terms and Conditions of Use' carefully before using this site.

Date of last update: 10/12/2017.

Forum Name: Hematology Topics

Question: What in your blood shows a chronic infection?

 lilylenay - Sat May 12, 2007 5:57 am

I am a 21 year old female-endometriosis-interstitial cystitis-cervical dysplasis-and high blood pressure. I have had a laparoscopy-laser therapy-and whatever the surgery on my bladder was called. I have a family history of thyroid problems-heart disease-cancer and many others

I am on mobic for joint pain.ibuprofen,tylenol and that's about it

My question is.. I recently had some blood tests done. my doctor said something showed that i had a chronic infection or illness of some kind. everything else was normal but I still haven't gotten my results for my lupus tests. So what in my blood would show that? I haven't felt sick. I've just been in alot of pain and been very tired and restless. But all I would like to know is what in your blood shows a chronic infection?
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Sat May 12, 2007 1:26 pm

User avatar There are several markers in the blood that can indicate chronic inflammation. Determining whether this is due to infection or some other cause of inflammation (such as a rheumatoid process or other disease like inflammatory bowel disease).

A few of these markers are C-reactive protein (CRP), erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), platelet count and ferritin. All these can become elevated with chronic (or sometimes acute) inflammation.

Without seeing your labs I can't give you a more specific answer. I hope this helps.

Best wishes.

| Check a doctor's response to similar questions

Are you a Doctor, Pharmacist, PA or a Nurse?

Join the Doctors Lounge online medical community

  • Editorial activities: Publish, peer review, edit online articles.

  • Ask a Doctor Teams: Respond to patient questions and discuss challenging presentations with other members.

Doctors Lounge Membership Application

Tools & Services: Follow DoctorsLounge on Twitter Follow us on Twitter | RSS News | Newsletter | Contact us