Letters Raised inflammatory markers

Authors’ reply to Nestel, Choudhary and Choudhary, Al Wakeel, and Helliwell and colleagues

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e1409 (Published 28 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1409
  1. William T Hamilton, professor of primary care diagnostics1,
  2. Jessica Watson, academic clinical fellow, specialist trainee year 1 in general practice2,
  3. Alison Round, general practitioner3
  1. 1Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, Exeter EX2 4SG, UK
  2. 2School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 2PS, UK
  3. 3Castle Place Practice, Tiverton EX16 6NP, UK
  1. willie.hamilton{at}pcmd.ac.uk

The erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) calculator is useful,1 although our local laboratory has stopped analysing ESRs (preferring viscosity) for the reasons given in our article.2 We were interested to hear of differential rises in inflammatory markers in systemic lupus erythematosus, and that these differences may help to differentiate …

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