The use of procalcitonin in the diagnosis of late-onset infection in neonatal intensive care unit patients.

Abstract

We evaluated the semi-quantitative procalcitonin level for diagnosing late-onset infections in 176 neonates. Using a cut-off level of 0.5 ng/ml, the sensitivity was 84.4%+/-0.19, specificity was 93.9%+/-0.04, positive predictive value was 82.6%+/-0.1, and negative predictive value was 94.6%+/-0.04. Procalcitonin could be a useful marker of late-onset infection in neonates.

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@article{Isidor2007TheUO, title={The use of procalcitonin in the diagnosis of late-onset infection in neonatal intensive care unit patients.}, author={Betrand Isidor and Ga{\^e}lle Caillaux and Val{\'e}rie Gilquin and Virgine Loubersac and Jocelyne Caillon and Jean Christophe Roz{\'e} and Christ{\'e}le Gras-Le Guen}, journal={Scandinavian journal of infectious diseases}, year={2007}, volume={39 11-12}, pages={1063-6} }