In the event of an infection or inflammation, the CRP level can rise to ten or even a hundred times the normal value within a few hours, which closely follows the changing of the inflammatory condition. Therefore, the test is suitable for detecting the presence of inflammatory processes (e.g. autoimmune conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis) as well as infections caused by viruses, bacteria or fungi, as well as for monitoring their course and determining the effectiveness of treatment.
However, the test is not specific, it does not show the location of the inflammation or the possible pathogen, so it is not suitable for diagnosing a disease on its own.
In our laboratory, we perform the high-sensitive hs-CRP test, the results of which can also be used to determine the risk of heart failure.