Procalcitonin is a valuable prognostic marker in cardiac surgery but not specific for infection.

  title={Procalcitonin is a valuable prognostic marker in cardiac surgery but not specific for infection.},
  author={Hilmar Doerge and Friedrich Albert Schoendube and Petra D{\"o}rge and Ralph Seipelt and Miranda Voss and Bruno J. Messmer},
  journal={The Thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon},
  volume={51 6},
BACKGROUND The prognostic value of elevated serum levels of procalcitonin (PCT) in patients early after cardiac surgery on cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) remains unclear. In a prospective study, we investigated whether PCT is useful as a prognostic marker in cardiac surgery with respect to mortality, complications and infections, and whether PCT is a specific marker for occurrence of infections. METHODS Within 8 months, a subset of 80 high-risk patients (APACHE II-score: 25.1 +/- 4.7 (mean… CONTINUE READING


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