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Children's Hospital Physician Honored for Research
Date:10/30/2009

Dr. Aaron Reitman, a pediatric resident at the UC San Francisco-Fresno program at Children's Hospital Central California, recently won the American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) "Best Abstract for Physician in Training Award." His research focused on procalcitonin as a biomarker for bacteremia in pediatric patients with a fever and abnormally low white blood cell count.

Madera, CA (Vocus) October 30, 2009 -- Dr. Aaron Reitman, a pediatric resident at the UC San Francisco-Fresno program at Children's Hospital Central California, recently won the American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) "Best Abstract for Physician in Training Award." His research focused on procalcitonin as a biomarker for bacteremia in pediatric patients with a fever and abnormally low white blood cell count.

Results of Dr. Reitman's blind study with about 400 pediatric oncology and Emergency Department patients at Children's Hospital show that procalcitonin is an effective tool to quickly distinguish whether a patient has a viral or more serious, and sometimes life-threatening, bacterial infection. Results also indicate that procalcitonin was superior to the more common C Reactive Protein test in predicting the absence of bacteremia.

Benefits of using the test potentially include physicians having a more effective method to determine if a patient should be admitted to the hospital, as well as the level of antibiotics to administer to the child.

Procalcitonin is a biological marker that is normal in healthy children. Elevated levels have been present in children with bacterial infections, but not those with viral infections. The ability to measure procalcitonin levels in the blood is a new technology that received FDA marketing approval in spring 2008.

"I've had amazing support from Children's Hospital," said Dr. Reitman. "You can have a great idea but you
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