What you can expect

A phlebotomist, nurse or medical assistant will use a needle to draw blood from a vein, most likely a vein in your arm. The site on your arm might be tender for a few hours, but you'll be able to resume most normal activities.

July 02, 2016
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Sed rate (erythrocyte sedimentation rate)