Are elevated ESR and CRP normal after lumbar surgery for a CLL patient?

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Question from David:

Are elevated ESR and CRP normal after lumbar surgery for a CLL patient?

Dr. Leclair:

Both the cross-reactive protein and the erythrocyte sedimentation rate measure different compounds involved in the inflammatory process, which is mandatory in the healing process. So, yes, I would expect to see these two maintain steady albeit slightly increased values for weeks to months, depending in the degree of healing. For example, a traditional gall bladder surgery would have greater inflammation than a laparoscopic gall bladder surgery.           

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