Tests to identify systemic inflammation
Other than an elevated ESR, CRP, and ACD, what additional tests suggest systemic inflammation?
Patients with a systemic inflammatory disease such as vasculitis frequently have a reactive thrombocytosis, mild elevation of hepatic alkaline phosphatase, and low albumin.
The low albumin is due to hepatic synthesis of acute-phase reactants at the expense of albumin.
Thus, the low albumin is not due to malnutrition, which is frequently postulated but incorrect.