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Vol. 4 - Num. 16

Brief Reports

Procalcitonin as a marker of infection. A review from Primary Care

L Bamonde Rodrígueza, B Caamaño Santos, MR Alonso Martín

aPediatra. CS O Grove. Pontevedra. España.

Reference of this article: Bamonde Rodríguez L, Caamaño Santos B, Alonso Martín MR. Procalcitonin as a marker of infection. A review from Primary Care. Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2002;4:619-630.

Published in Internet: 31-12-2002 - Visits: 9200


In the last years, procalcitonin has emerged as a marker of invasive bacterial infection. In 1996 the German company Brahms®, put on sale a new inmuno-luminometric technology with a very good precision (Lumitest). Since the year 2000 there is a new quick test PCT-Q by chromatography with a semi quantitative technology, which is possible to be developed in 30 minutes, this test is possible to be practiced in a primary care service, near the patient?s bed or in the emergency service. Because of these new possibilities, our objective is to make a bibliographic revision of the PCT (procalcitononin) determination from a primary care point of view.


C reactive protein Fever without source Invasive disease Procalcitonin Review

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