A series of tests that check for inflammation in the body and to determine whether any anti-inflammatory medicine is working.
C1 Reactive Protein, CRP, is a protein produced in the liver that is present during episodes of acute inflammation or infection.
C1 Reactive Protein plays the important role of interacting with the complement system, an immunologic defense mechanism.
C1 Reactive Proteintests check for inflammation in the body, flare-ups of inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or vasculitis and to determine if anti-inflammatory medicine is working to treat a disease or condition.
It is not a specific test which means it cannot pinpoint the exact location of any inflammation.
A low C1 Reactive Protein level does not always mean that there is no inflammation present. Levels of C1 Reactive Protein may not be increased in people with rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. The reason for this is unknown.
C1 Reactive Protein is also an independent risk factor for cardiovascular risk. Traditional risk factors for coronary heart disease (cholesterol and blood pressure) fail to identify nearly 50% of individuals who will eventually have a heart attack.
C Reactive Protein (CRP) is a protein made in the liver in response to inflammation or infection in the body. It can rise very rapidly when tissues are inflamed as a result of infection. It is a non-specific test as although it can identify that infection and inflammation is occuring in the body, it cannot spoecify where.
A raised level will normally be investigated further to identify the source of the inflammation.
We will send you your C1 Reactive Protein finger-prick blood and test sample collection kit which contains everything you need to take your blood and sample in the comfort of your own home. If you are unsure about completing a finger-prick blood sample collection you will have the opportunity to select a clinic-based venous blood sample collection or choose to go our London laboratory during the checkout process.
Your C1 Reactive Protein test includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your blood and sample directly to our laboratory for analysis. If you live in an area where you cannot rely on the post or you simply want to ensure that your sample arrives at the laboratory the following day, you may wish to send your blood and sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.