A wide variety of inflammatory conditions can cause elevated C-reactive protein (CRP) levels, including the following: autoimmune conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis (RA), lupus, and certain types of inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
What does it mean when your C reactive protein is high?
A high level of CRP in the blood is a marker of inflammation. It can be caused by a wide variety of conditions, from infection to cancer. High CRP levels can also indicate that there’s inflammation in the arteries of the heart, which can mean a higher risk of heart attack.
How much CRP level is dangerous?
CRP levels of 1-3 mg per liter are considered moderate risk for cardiovascular disease. CRP levels greater than 3 mg per liter are considered high risk for cardiovascular disease. CRP levels greater than 10 mg per liter may suggest an acute coronary process, such as heart attack (acute myocardial infarction).
What cancers are associated with high CRP levels?
Elevated hs-CRP is associated with progressive disease and decreased survival in patients with several cancers, including esophageal, gastric, colorectal, liver, pancreatic, urinary bladder, kidney, ovarian, and cervical cancers.
Is a CRP of 20 high?
For high sensitivity assays of CRP or “hsCRP,” we say that less than 1 mg/L is low risk, 1 to 3 mg/L is moderate risk, and greater than 3 mg/L is high risk—that’s simple enough. The patients with the very highest levels of hsCRP —5 to 10, 10 to 20, or even greater than 20 mg/L—are, in fact, at the very highest risk.