The diagnostic value of cerebrospinal fluids procalcitonin and lactate for the differential diagnosis of post-neurosurgical bacterial meningitis and aseptic meningitis.

@article{Li2015TheDV,
  title={The diagnostic value of cerebrospinal fluids procalcitonin and lactate for the differential diagnosis of post-neurosurgical bacterial meningitis and aseptic meningitis.},
  author={Youran Li and Guojun Zhang and Ruimin Ma and Yamei Du and Limin Zhang and Fangqiang Li and Fang Fang and H. P. Lv and Qian Wang and Yan Zhang and Xixiong Kang},
  journal={Clinical biochemistry},
  year={2015},
  volume={48 1-2},
  pages={50-4}
}
OBJECTIVES Distinguishing between post-neurosurgical bacterial meningitis (PNBM) and aseptic meningitis is difficult. This study aims to evaluate the combined diagnostic value of CSF procalcitonin and lactate as novel PNBM markers in hospitalized post-neurosurgery patients. DESIGN AND METHODS This study was performed using CSF samples, collected by lumbar puncture, from 178 PNBM-suspected patients enrolled in a retrospective clinical study. The levels of CSF procalcitonin and lactate were… CONTINUE READING