C-Reactive Protein (CRP)

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What is the Lab Name for C-Reactive Protein?

C-Reactive Protein

What is the Lab Abbreviation for C-Reactive Protein?

CRP

What is C-Reactive Protein in terms of Nursing Labs?

C-reactive protein (CRP) is made in the liver in response to inflammation. CRP is a good indicator because it increases quickly in the inflammatory response, and drops when inflammation resolves.

What is the Normal Range for C-Reactive Protein?

<1.0 mg/L

What are the Indications for C-Reactive Protein?

  • Indicates:
    • Appendicitis
    • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
    • Crohn’s
    • Ulcerative Colitis
    • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
    • Lupus (SLE – Systemic Lupus Erythematosus)
  • Monitor or Identify:
    • Inflammation in the body
  • Evaluate:
    • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)

What would cause Increased Levels of C-Reactive Protein?

  • Bacterial Infection
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Lupus
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
  • Pregnancy
  • Myocardial Infarction (MI)

What would cause Decreased Levels of C-Reactive Protein?

  • N/A

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