Procalcitonin fails to differentiate inflammatory status or predict long-term outcomes in peritoneal dialysis-associated peritonitis.

@article{Lam2008ProcalcitoninFT,
  title={Procalcitonin fails to differentiate inflammatory status or predict long-term outcomes in peritoneal dialysis-associated peritonitis.},
  author={Man-fai Lam and Joseph C K Leung and C. K. Lam and Kai Chung Tse and Wai Kei Lo and Sing Leung Lui and Tak Mao Chan and Sidney Tam and Kar Neng Lai},
  journal={Peritoneal dialysis international : journal of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis},
  year={2008},
  volume={28 4},
  pages={377-84}
}
BACKGROUND Peritonitis is the major complication in patients undergoing maintenance peritoneal dialysis (PD) and is associated with a significant risk of mortality. Previously, we have shown that patients treated for peritonitis and having prolonged elevation of C-reactive protein (CRP) are associated with higher mortality. The underlying cause for the chronic systemic inflammation remains unknown. We studied serum procalcitonin (PCT), which has been reported as an accurate marker for infection… CONTINUE READING

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