Usefulness of procalcitonin for diagnosis of sepsis in the intensive care unit

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Balci C. , Sungurtekin H., Gurses E., Sungurtekin U., Kaptanoglu B.

CRITICAL CARE, vol.7, no.1, pp.85-90, 2003 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 7 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Doi Number: 10.1186/cc1843
  • Title of Journal : CRITICAL CARE
  • Page Numbers: pp.85-90


Introduction The diagnosis of sepsis in critically ill patients is challenging because traditional markers of infection are often misleading. The present study was conducted to determine the procalcitonin level at early diagnosis (and differentiation) in patients with systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) and sepsis, in comparison with C-reactive protein, IL-2, IL-6, IL-8 and tumour necrosis factor-alpha.