New test could help catch serious infections in babies
...iversity, show that a new diagnostic marker called procalcitonin
can help identify infants at high risk for SBIs wh... the October Pediatrics , is the first to examine procalcitonin
as a tool for evaluating infant fever in an emergency situation.
The researchers used a novel procalcitonin
test, recently approved by the FDA, in 234 feveris...
Customized treatments for sepsis lower treatment time and reduce length of ICU stays
...cision algorithm based on measured blood levels of procalcitonin
(PCT), a marker for severe bacterial infection in ...e have now implemented this new algorithm based on procalcitonin
guidance in our ICU for patients presenting with s... important to determine whether such a protocol of procalcitonin
guidance is definitely safe and can be generalized...
Blood Marker Helps Predict Prognosis Among Those With Abdominal Infection
... Monitoring blood levels of a compound known as procalcitonin
in patients with peritonitis (a serious intra-abdo...ween 1999 and 2004 in a study to determine whether procalcitonin
could be such a marker. Procalcitonin, an inactive...rst symptoms to a maximum of 21 days for levels of procalcitonin
and another marker of inflammation, C-reactive pro...
Biomarker Reduces Length of Antibiotic Treatment
...ven antibiotics based on higher or lower levels of procalcitonin
in their blood. (Procalcitonin is elevated in bact...pon admission to the hospital in 15 percent of the procalcitonin
group and in 1 percent of the control group.
By basing antibiotic treatment on individual procalcitonin
levels, the investigators reduced the average dura...
Procalcitonin-Guided Antibiotic Therapy Proved Effective in CAP Cure
... Lower serum procalcitonin
levels were found to be associated with reduced le...(CAP) – Study finds.
A biomarker of infection, procalcitonin
appeared to be a good indicator for early disconti...ven antibiotics based on higher or lower levels of procalcitonin
in their blood. (Procalcitonin is elevated in bact...