Can procalcitonin measurement help in differentiating between bacterial infection and other kinds of inflammatory processes?

@article{Delvaux2003CanPM,
  title={Can procalcitonin measurement help in differentiating between bacterial infection and other kinds of inflammatory processes?},
  author={Isabelle Del{\`e}vaux and M Andr{\'e} and M Colombier and Elaine Albuisson and F Meylheuc and R J B{\'e}gue and Jean-charles Piette and Olivier Auma{\^i}tre},
  journal={Annals of the rheumatic diseases},
  year={2003},
  volume={62 4},
  pages={337-40}
}
OBJECTIVE To study the levels of procalcitonin (PCT) in various inflammatory states seen in an internal medicine department and to evaluate the possible discriminative role of PCT in differentiating bacterial infection from other inflammatory processes. METHODS PCT, C reactive protein (CRP), and white blood cell count (WBC) were measured in patients admitted to the department for fever or biological inflammatory syndrome, or both. The serum of 173 consecutive patients was analysed according… CONTINUE READING