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Procalcitonin

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Also known as: PCT
Formal name: Procalcitonin

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At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To help diagnose sepsis if you are critically ill and to help determine your risk of progressing to severe sepsis and septic shock; to help identify serious bacterial infections and to distinguish between bacterial and non-bacterial conditions; to help guide antibiotic treatment

When to Get Tested?

When you are seriously ill and have signs and symptoms of a systemic infection or sepsis; when you have signs and symptoms that may be due to a bacterial infection and your healthcare practitioner wants to determine whether antibiotics would be effective; at intervals to monitor effectiveness of antibiotic treatment

Sample Required?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm

Test Preparation Needed?

None