What is C-reactive protein (CRP) ?
C-reactive protein (CRP) is produced by the liver in response to inflammation and its levels can be measured in the blood. There are several conditions such as inflammation, infections, heart attack, stress, trauma, or surgery in which an increase in C-Reactive Protein levels is observed. Determination of CRP is clinically useful to screen activity of inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, Systemic lupus erythematosus, Leukemia, after surgery to detect rejection in renal allograft recipients, to detect neonatal septicemia and meningitis. However, the CRP test result should be combined with some other specific tests to come to the final diagnosis.