Procalcitonin in pediatric burn patients: an early indicator of sepsis?

@article{Neely2004ProcalcitoninIP,
  title={Procalcitonin in pediatric burn patients: an early indicator of sepsis?},
  author={Alice N. Neely and Laura A Fowler and Richard J. Kagan and Glenn D. Warden},
  journal={The Journal of burn care & rehabilitation},
  year={2004},
  volume={25 1},
  pages={
          76-80
        }
}
To determine whether changes in procalcitonin (PCT) could be used to predict the onset of sepsis, daily PCT levels were monitored in 20 burned children. Analysis indicated a PCT rise of 5 ng/ml or greater as the best indication of sepsis. We compared the surgeons' determination of sepsis, which was based on changes in platelet count, C-reactive protein (CRP), and other clinical manifestations, with the prediction of sepsis from PCT. There were 26 septic episodes and 36 nonseptic episodes in the… CONTINUE READING

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