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C-reactive protein and procalcitonin during febril attacks in PFAPA syndrome.
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PMID:  22658448     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVES: To assess the levels of procalcitonin (PCT) and C-reactive protein (CRP) in children diagnosed with PFAPA (periodic fever, aphthous stomatitis, pharyngitis, and cervical adenitis) during their febrile attacks. METHODS: 23 patients with diagnosis of PFAPA included into the study prospectively during a three years period. In these patients, CRP and PCT values were recorded during 78 febrile episodes. Furthermore, 20 patients with diagnosis of pneumonia were chosen as a control group and their CRP and PCT values were measured. Normal reference values for CRP and PCT were 0-10mg/L and 0-0.5ng/mL, respectively. RESULTS: Mean CRP and PCT values of patients with PFAPA were 94.8±71.6mg/L and 0.29±0.14ng/mL, respectively. In control group, mean CRP value was 153.2±26mg/L and PCT was 1.59±0.53ng/mL. CRP and PCT were high in control group. CRP was detected high and PCT was normal in PFAPA. Compared to control group, in PFAPA group, CRP values were not significantly (p>0.05) and PCT values were significantly lower (p<0.001). CONCLUSION: During febrile episodes in the patients with diagnosis of PFAPA, CRP values were substantially elevated, whereas PCT values were within normal levels. Concomitant assessment of CRP and PCT in addition to clinical diagnostic criteria may be of help in making diagnosis and distinguishing febrile attacks from infections. However, studies in larger groups are required.
Hamza Yazgan; Esengül Keleş; Zerrin Yazgan; Arzu Gebeşçe; Mehmet Demirdöven
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-5-31
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of pediatric otorhinolaryngology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1872-8464     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-6-4     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8003603     Medline TA:  Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Dept of Pediatrics, Sema Hospital, Turkey.
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