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.
Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis) Rheumatoid arthritis, often called RA, is a chronic (long-standing) disease that damages and eventually destroys the joints of the body. Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA), or juvenile arthritis, is not a single disease but a group of diseases. Symptoms and signs include fever and joint pain, swelling, and stiffness. Treatment focuses on relieving pain, improving function, and preventing joint damage.