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Does prednisolone affect blood test results?


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#1 queenie

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 02:25 PM

Hi,
Back again I meant to ask before, does anybody know if steroids affect your blood test results for inflammation?

Only I have just had some rheumatoid bloods done whilst on a high dose of prednisolone and haven't had the results yet but my nurse called today and when I mentioned it to her she said that it would lower any inflammation markers but surely my general practitioner should have known that.

I am now just a bit confused :emoticon-dont-know: and am wondering will it cause a false reading or will I have to have more bloods done.

Thank you in advance for any replies :emoticons-thankyou:

Take care hugs and loves :emoticon-hug:
Queenie x

#2 Joelf

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 01:28 AM

Hi Queenie,

Prednisolone prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation. I'm also on Prednisolone and have blood tests every 4-6 weeks but it hasn't (so far!) appeared to affect the results.

I've included a link to Prednisolone to give you a little more information. Hopefully, when you see your Scleroderma specialist he'll be able to review your steroid medication along with the other drugs you're taking.

Perhaps you could contact your doctor's practice and ask your nurse to explain about your blood tests a little more fully to you.

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