C Reactive Protein (CRP) is a protein made in the liver in response to inflammation or infection in the body. It can rise very rapidly when tissues are inflamed as a result of infection. It is a non-specific test as although it can identify that infection and inflammation is occurring in the body, it cannot specify where.
C-Reactive Protein, or CRP, is a protein produced in the liver that is present during episodes of acute inflammation or infection. This protein plays an important role of creating an immunologic defense mechanism.
Our CRP tests check for inflammation in the body, flare-ups of inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or vasculitis and to determine if anti-inflammatory medicine is working to treat a disease or condition. It is not a specific test and therefore it cannot pinpoint the exact location of any inflammation.
A raised level will normally be investigated further to identify the source of the inflammation.