Procalcitonin as a prognostic factor in severe acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

@article{Rammaert2009ProcalcitoninAA,
  title={Procalcitonin as a prognostic factor in severe acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.},
  author={Blandine Rammaert and Nicolas Verdier and B{\'e}atrice Cavestri and Saad Nseir},
  journal={Respirology},
  year={2009},
  volume={14 7},
  pages={969-74}
}
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Little is known about the value of procalcitonin in predicting mortality in patients with an exacerbation of COPD. This study evaluated the clinical and biological predictors of intensive care unit (ICU) mortality in patients with a severe acute exacerbation of COPD. METHODS A prospective observational cohort study was conducted of consecutive patients with severe acute exacerbation of COPD requiring intubation and mechanical ventilation. At ICU admission, data were… CONTINUE READING
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