Procalcitonin as a marker of infection. A review from Primary Care
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
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.
Keywords● C reactive protein ● Fever without source ● Invasive disease ● Procalcitonin ● Review