What is CRP?
The acronym CRP stands for C-reactive Protein. The protein belongs to the so-called Acute-Phase proteins of the immune system. This is called protein substances, which are increasingly discharged into the blood of an acute inflammation in the body and support the immune system in different ways.
CRP is formed in the liver. In the case of an infection, it binds to dead immune cells, or body foreign surfaces, such as bacteria and fungi, and the phagocytic cells of the immune system. The CRP increases by 10 to 1000 times within hours in the case of fresh inflammation and drops rapidly again when the inflammation has faded. However, the value does not indicate where the infection and/or inflammation takes place in the body.