Usefulness of procalcitonin for diagnosis of infection in cardiac surgical patients.

@article{Aouifi2000UsefulnessOP,
  title={Usefulness of procalcitonin for diagnosis of infection in cardiac surgical patients.},
  author={A Aouifi and Vincent Piriou and Olivier Bastien and Philippe Blanc and H{\'e}l{\`e}ne Bouvier and Rhona Evans and Marie C{\'e}lard and François Vandenesch and Robert Rousson and J. J. Lehot},
  journal={Critical care medicine},
  year={2000},
  volume={28 9},
  pages={3171-6}
}
OBJECTIVE To determine the value of procalcitonin (PCT) as a marker of postoperative infection after cardiac surgery. DESIGN A prospective single institution three phase study. SETTING University cardiac surgical intensive care unit (31 beds). PATIENTS Phase 1: To determine the normal perioperative kinetics of PCT, 20 consecutive patients undergoing elective cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass were included. Phase 2: To determine whether PCT may be useful for diagnosis of… CONTINUE READING