No. The ESR is not a specific test — it does not point to any one condition or disease — and can be affected by many different factors other than inflammation. As such, it is not recommended for use in screening people without symptoms or apparently healthy people.
Changes in the ESR may indicate the presence or abatement of infection or inflammation. If you have a chronic inflammatory disease, the ESR may fluctuate with the degree of severity or clinical course of your condition.
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