Research Article

Normal erythrocyte sedimentation rate in the elderly.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1984; 289 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.289.6447.724 (Published 22 September 1984) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1984;289:724
  1. R A Griffiths,
  2. W R Good,
  3. N P Watson,
  4. H F O'Donnell,
  5. P J Fell,
  6. J M Shakespeare

    Abstract

    Two hundred subjects aged 60-89 were selected for a study aimed at defining a reference range for the erythrocyte sedimentation rate in the elderly. The study extended a previous survey in subjects aged 20-65. The results confirmed that the sedimentation rate increases with age and that women have higher values than men but suggested that over half of elderly patients with disease would have rates within the previously defined "normal" range. It is therefore suggested that an erythrocyte sedimentation rate exceeding 19 mm in the first hour in elderly men and 22 mm in the first hour in elderly women warrants investigation.