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Usefulness of procalcitonin for diagnosis of infection in cardiac surgical patients.

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OBJECTIVE: To determine the value of procalcitonin (PCT) as a marker of postoperative infection after cardiac surgery. DESIGN: A prospective single institution three phase study. SETTING: University cardiac surgical intensive care unit (31 beds). PATIENTS: Phase 1: To determine the normal perioperative kinetics of PCT, 20 consecutive patients undergoing elective cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass were included. Phase 2: To determine whether PCT may be useful for diagnosis of postoper...

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Journal:
Critical care medicine
Volume:
28
Issue:
9
Pages:
3171-3176
Publication date:
2000-09-01
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EISSN:
1530-0293
ISSN:
0090-3493
Source identifiers:
345927

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