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June 1976

Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate and Age

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Opthalmology, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, and McPherson Hospital, Durham, NC.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1976;94(6):939-940. doi:10.1001/archopht.1976.03910030473007

• One hundred sixty-nine adult patients admitted to McPherson Hospital for elective eye or ear, nose, and throat surgery had erythrocyte sedimentation rates (ESRs) performed by the Wintrobe method, in addition to the usual admission laboratory work. The patients were selected for study if they had no known disease or were not receiving any medication that affects the sedimentation rate. The results showed that the mean ESR rose with each decade of life.