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The role of procalcitonin in community-acquired pneumonia: a literature review.
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PMID:  22842969     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is a significant clinical and public health problem. Recently, attention has been paid to the potential for procalcitonin (PCT) both to differentiate the diagnosis and to indicate the prognosis of pneumonia. The purpose of this literature review was to evaluate the eligibility of PCT for defining typical bacterial infections and for predicting severity and mortality in trials for CAP. The literature review suggests that PCT has the ability to supplement clinical information to determine whether or not the cause of the infection is likely to be bacterial. In addition, PCT seems to be superior to the most prevalent inflammatory biomarker C-reactive protein and also demonstrates a significant correlation between the current clinical scoring systems and actual mortality.
Mijung Lee; Audrey Snyder
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Advanced emergency nursing journal     Volume:  34     ISSN:  1931-4493     ISO Abbreviation:  Adv Emerg Nurs J     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-07-30     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101285075     Medline TA:  Adv Emerg Nurs J     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  259-71     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
University of Virginia School of Nursing (CPT Lee and Dr Snyder); and Community Relations, Outreach, and Service, University of Virginia Health System (Dr Snyder).
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