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Also known as: PCT
Formal name: Procalcitonin

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Sources Used in Current Review

Dellinger, R. P. et. al. (2013 February) Surviving Sepsis Campaign: International Guidelines for Management of Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock: 2012. Special Article Critical Care Medicine Journal v 41 (2) [On-line information]. PDF available for download at http://www.sccm.org/Documents/SSC-Guidelines.pdf through http://www.sccm.org. Accessed July 2013.

Lin, J. and Yap, S. L. (Updated 2013 February 11). Procalcitonin. Medscape Reference [On-line information]. Available online at http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/2096589-overview through http://emedicine.medscape.com. Accessed July 2013.

(© 1995–2013). Procalcitonin, Serum. Mayo Clinic Mayo Medical Laboratories [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.mayomedicallaboratories.com/test-catalog/Overview/83169 through http://www.mayomedicallaboratories.com. Accessed July 2013.

Fisher, M. et. al. (Updated 2013 March). Sepsis. ARUP Consult [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.arupconsult.com/Topics/Sepsis.html?client_ID=LTD through http://www.arupconsult.com. Accessed July 2013.

Jin, M. and Khan, A. (2010). Procalcitonin: Uses in the Clinical Laboratory for the Diagnosis of Sepsis. Medscape Today News from Lab Med v41 (3):173-177. [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/720621 through http://www.medscape.com. Accessed July 2013.

McGee, K. and Baumann, N. (2009 July). Procalcitonin Clinical Utility in Diagnosing Sepsis. Clinical Laboratory News v 35 (7). [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.aacc.org/publications/cln/2009/july/Pages/series0709.aspx# through http://www.aacc.org. Accessed July 2013.

Clarke, W., Editor (© 2011). Contemporary Practice in Clinical Chemistry 2nd Edition: AACC Press, Washington, DC. Pg 519.

Sources Used in Previous Reviews

Yealy, D. et. al. (2009 September 8). Blood Test Narrows Down Need for Antibiotics. MedlinePlus HealthDay News [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_89106.html through http://www.nlm.nih.gov. Accessed October 2009.

Brown, A. (2009 June 19). Procalcitonin Testing May Shorten Antibiotic Course in ICU Patients. Medscape Today from Reuters Health Information [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/704569 through http://www.medscape.com. Accessed October 2009.

Boggs, W. (2009 January 7). Procalcitonin Levels Lower With Blood Stream Infection in Setting of Prior Sepsis. Medscape Today from Reuters Health Information [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/586453 through http://www.medscape.com. Accessed October 2009.

(2008 December 5). Procalcitonin Discriminates Between Bacterial and Aseptic Meningitis in Children. Medscape Today from Reuters Health Information [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/584813 through http://www.medscape.com. Accessed October 2009.

Barclay, L. (2009 February 9). Procalcitonin, CRP May Predict Serious Bacterial Infection in Febrile Infants. Medscape Medical News [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/588042 through http://www.medscape.com. Accessed October 2009.

Barclay, L. (2009 September 16). Procalcitonin Measurements May Reduce Rates of Antibiotic Use for Lower Respiratory Tract Infections. Medscape Medical News [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/708991 through http://www.medscape.com. Accessed October 2009.

Bennett, N. J. et. al. (Updated 2008 June 26). Bacteremia: Differential Diagnoses & Workup. eMedicine [On-line information]. Available online at http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/961169-diagnosis through http://emedicine.medscape.com. Accessed October 2009.

Lehman, C. (Updated 2009 August). Sepsis in Newborns - Neonatal Sepsis. ARUP Consult [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.arupconsult.com/Topics/NeonatalSepsis.html?client_ID=LTD through http://www.arupconsult.com. Accessed October 2009.

Lehman, C. et. al. (Updated 2009 August). Pancreatitis, Acute. ARUP Consult [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.arupconsult.com/Topics/PancreatitisAcute.html?client_ID=LTD# through http://www.arupconsult.com. Accessed October 2009.

Goyal, M. (© 2007). Procalcitonin test could help EPs dx serious bacterial illness faster. Emergency Physicians Monthly [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.epmonthly.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=263&Itemid=15 through http://www.epmonthly.com. Accessed October 2009.

Carroll, J. et. al. (2007 May 17). Acute Pancreatitis: Diagnosis, Prognosis, and Treatment. American Family Physician [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.aafp.org/afp/20070515/1513.html through http://www.aafp.org. Accessed October 2009.