Sedimentation Rate Topic Guide
Sedimentation Rate: Sedimentation rate (erythrocyte sedimentation, sed rate, ERS) is a common blood test used to detect and monitor inflammation in the body. Health care practitioners use the sedimentation rate to help evaluate and determine if inflammation is present in the patient.
Ulcerative Colitis Ulcerative colitis (UC) is an acute or chronic inflammation of the membranes that line the colon. Symptoms of UC include abdominal pain, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, urgency for a bowel movement, fever, fatigue, and lack of appetite. Treatment for UC include medication and lifestyle changes. On occasion, surgery may be a necessary treatment for ulcerative colitis.