Procalcitonin as a marker for the early diagnosis of severe infection after thermal injury.

@article{Sachse1999ProcalcitoninAA,
  title={Procalcitonin as a marker for the early diagnosis of severe infection after thermal injury.},
  author={Christopher Sachse and Hans-G{\"u}nther Machens and Gunther Felmerer and Aimo Berger and E. Thomas Henkel},
  journal={The Journal of burn care & rehabilitation},
  year={1999},
  volume={20 5},
  pages={
          354-60
        }
}
High serum concentrations of procalcitonin (PCT), the 116 amino acid precursor protein of the hormone calcitonin, have been found in patients with various bacterial infections, particularly in those with sepsis. Because recent reports have shown that serum PCT constitutes a useful parameter for the diagnosis of sepsis in patients with several clinical conditions, a temporal analysis of the PCT concentrations in the plasma of 19 patients with severe burns (median body surface area burned, 32… CONTINUE READING
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