Value of C-reactive protein measurements in exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

  title={Value of C-reactive protein measurements in exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.},
  author={Dhruv Dev and Elisabeth Wallace and Rajini Sankaran and John Cunniffe and John R. W. Govan and Christopher G Wathen and Francis Xavier Emmanuel},
  journal={Respiratory medicine},
  volume={92 4},
C-reactive protein (CRP) has been shown to be a useful and sensitive indicator of pyogenic infections in many clinical situations, including acute pneumonia and infective pulmonary exacerbations in cystic fibrosis patients. Exacerbations of COPD are often, but not always, associated with demonstrable infection. The value of CRP measurement in this situation has not been assessed. We have evaluated CRP measurement in 50 patients [age 71 +/- 8 (SD) years] who were admitted to hospital with… CONTINUE READING


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