Perioperative changes of procalcitonin levels in patients undergoing liver transplantation.

@article{Kaido2014PerioperativeCO,
  title={Perioperative changes of procalcitonin levels in patients undergoing liver transplantation.},
  author={T Kaido and Kazuei Ogawa and Yoshiya Fujimoto and Alessia Mori and Etsuro Hatano and Hideaki Okajima and Shinji Uemoto},
  journal={Transplant infectious disease : an official journal of the Transplantation Society},
  year={2014},
  volume={16 5},
  pages={
          790-6
        }
}
BACKGROUND Severe sepsis is a life-threatening complication after liver transplantation (LT) that can be difficult to diagnose and appropriately treat after LT because of patients being treated with immunosuppressants. The present study examines perioperative changes in serum procalcitonin (PCT), a specific marker of systemic bacterial infection, and determines the value of PCT as a diagnostic tool for bacteremia or rejection. METHODS Perioperative serum PCT levels were prospectively assessed… CONTINUE READING
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