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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449481/procalcitonin-as-preoperative-marker-for-surgery-in-advanced-parapneumonic-empyema
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Claudio Caviezel, Philipp Schuetz, Stephan Gerdes, Franco Gambazzi
BACKGROUND: The optimal time point for surgical management of advanced parapneumonic empyema in need of open pleurectomy and decortication remains unclear. We hypothesized that surgical outcomes will be better when procalcitonin (PCT) levels have dropped to normal ranges as evidence for resolution of the underlying pneumonia. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed outcomes of 38 patients with advanced parapneumonic empyema who underwent open decortication and pleurectomy with available preoperative PCT (pPCT) values...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448892/role-of-procalcitonin-in-infected-diabetic-foot-ulcer
#2
Jung Ho Park, Dong Hun Suh, Hak Jun Kim, Yong In Lee, Il Hoon Kwak, Gi Won Choi
AIMS: Procalcitonin (PCT) has been recently accepted as a marker for diagnosing infection. The aim of the present study was to determine whether PCT levels are associated with infection severity of diabetic foot ulcers and whether PCT levels would be helpful to differentiate infected diabetic foot ulcer (IDFU) from IDFU associated with other infectious diseases (IDFU+O). METHODS: We prospectively included 123 diabetic patients hospitalized for IDFU. Infection severity of diabetic foot ulcers was graded according to the Infectious Diseases Society of America-International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot clinical classification of diabetic foot infection...
April 13, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446515/role-of-biomarkers-for-the-prevention-assessment-and-management-of-heart-failure-a-scientific-statement-from-the-american-heart-association
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REVIEW
Sheryl L Chow, Alan S Maisel, Inder Anand, Biykem Bozkurt, Rudolf A de Boer, G Michael Felker, Gregg C Fonarow, Barry Greenberg, James L Januzzi, Michael S Kiernan, Peter P Liu, Thomas J Wang, Clyde W Yancy, Michael R Zile
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Natriuretic peptides have led the way as a diagnostic and prognostic tool for the diagnosis and management of heart failure (HF). More recent evidence suggests that natriuretic peptides along with the next generation of biomarkers may provide added value to medical management, which could potentially lower risk of mortality and readmissions. The purpose of this scientific statement is to summarize the existing literature and to provide guidance for the utility of currently available biomarkers...
April 26, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446314/-changes-of-neutrophil-cd64-in-patients-with-hematological-mali-gnancies-combined-with-bacterial-infections
#4
Xin Dai, Jian-Ping Li, Wen-Qian Li, Jian-Ming Feng
OBJECTIVE: To explore the changes of CD64 on surface of neutrophils in patients with hematological malignancies combined with bacterial infections. METHODS: Ninety-seven patients with hematological tumor admitted in our hospital from August 2014 to February 2016 were selected and divided into 2 groups: infection group(50 cases) and noninfection group(47 cases) according to their symptoms, physical sings and blood culture results for microbiologic detection. The CD46 index on surface of neutrophils, serum C- reactive protein (CRP), neutrophil count (NC) and procalcitonin (PCT) level were detected by flow cytometry...
April 2017: Zhongguo Shi Yan Xue Ye Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443989/diagnostic-and-prognostic-value-of-procalcitonin-for-early-intracranial-infection-after-craniotomy
#5
Y Yu, H J Li
Intracranial infection is a common clinical complication after craniotomy. We aimed to explore the diagnostic and prognostic value of dynamic changing procalcitonin (PCT) in early intracranial infection after craniotomy. A prospective study was performed on 93 patients suspected of intracranial infection after craniotomy. Routine peripheral venous blood was collected on the day of admission, and C reactive protein (CRP) and PCT levels were measured. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) was collected for routine biochemical, PCT and culture assessment...
April 20, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443360/overview-of-procalcitonin-assays-and-procalcitonin-guided-protocols-for-the-management-of-patients-with-infections-and-sepsis
#6
Philipp Schuetz, Celine Bretscher, Luca Bernasconi, Beat Mueller
Procalcitonin is a surrogate infection blood marker whose levels help estimate the likelihood of bacterial infections and correlate with their resolution. Recent trials have revealed the benefits of inclusion of procalcitonin in antibiotic stewardship protocols for initiation and discontinuation of antimicrobial therapy. Areas covered: Procalcitonin-guided antibiotic stewardship protocols have shown appreciable reductions in antibiotic use and duration of therapy in respiratory infections, sepsis, and other infections, with positive effects on clinical outcomes...
April 26, 2017: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442521/application-of-flow-cytometry-in-the-early-diagnosis-of-neonatal-sepsis
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Mustafa Aydin, Sumeyye Barut, H Handan Akbulut, Sit Ucar, Aysen Orman
GOALS: To raise awareness of the utility of flow cytometric detection of inflammatory markers in the early diagnosis of neonatal sepsis. PROCEDURES: In accordance with the Töllner scoring system, cases with ≥10 points are accepted as having "clinical sepsis" and cases with 0-4 points as having "no sepsis". The study group consisted of 50 newborns with clinical sepsis as well as a control group of 50 newborns without sepsis. In all cases, blood counts, C-reactive protein (CRP) levels, and procalcitonin (PCT) levels were recorded...
March 2017: Annals of Clinical and Laboratory Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441374/fever-in-patients-with-cancer
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Yanina Pasikhova, Steven Ludlow, Aliyah Baluch
BACKGROUND: The definition of fever is flexible and depends on the clinical context. Fever is frequently observed in patients with cancer. METHODS: Infectious and noninfectious causes of fever in patients with various oncological and hematological malignancies and the usefulness of biomarkers are discussed. RESULTS: To treat patients in a timely manner and to minimize morbidity and mortality, it is paramount that health care professionals determine the cause of fever...
April 2017: Cancer Control: Journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438138/accuracy-of-serum-procalcitonin-for-the-diagnosis-of-sepsis-in-neonates-and-children-with-systemic-inflammatory-syndrome-a-meta-analysis
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Giuseppe Pontrelli, Franco De Crescenzo, Roberto Buzzetti, Alessandro Jenkner, Sara Balduzzi, Francesca Calò Carducci, Donato Amodio, Maia De Luca, Sara Chiurchiù, Elin Haf Davies, Giorgia Copponi, Alessandra Simonetti, Elena Ferretti, Valeria Di Franco, Virginia Rasi, Martina Della Corte, Luca Gramatica, Marco Ciabattini, Susanna Livadiotti, Paolo Rossi
BACKGROUND: A number of biomarkers have been studied for the diagnosis of sepsis in paediatrics, but no gold standard has been identified. Procalcitonin (PCT) was demonstrated to be an accurate biomarker for the diagnosis of sepsis in adults and showed to be promising in paediatrics. Our study reviewed the diagnostic accuracy of PCT as an early biomarker of sepsis in neonates and children with suspected sepsis. METHODS: A comprehensive literature search was carried out in Medline/Pubmed, Embase, ISI Web of Science, CINAHL and Cochrane Library, for studies assessing PCT accuracy in the diagnosis of sepsis in children and neonates with suspected sepsis...
April 24, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434116/activation-of-the-serotonin-pathway-is-associated-with-poor-outcome-in-copd-exacerbation-results-of-a-long-term-cohort-study
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Marc A Meier, Manuel Ottiger, Alaadin Vögeli, Christian Steuer, Luca Bernasconi, Robert Thomann, Mirjam Christ-Crain, Christoph Henzen, Claus Hoess, Werner Zimmerli, Andreas Huber, Beat Mueller, Philipp Schuetz
BACKGROUND/INTRODUCTION: Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) metabolizes tryptophan to kynurenine. An increase of its activity is associated with severity in patients with pneumonia. In chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients, an elevation of serotonin has been reported. Experimental models showed that cigarette smoke inhibits monoamine oxidase (MAO) leading to higher levels of serotonin. We investigated the prognostic ability of tryptophan, serotonin, kynurenine, IDO, and tryptophan hydroxylase (TPH) to predict short- and long-term outcomes in patients with a COPD exacerbation...
April 22, 2017: Lung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432884/use-of-presepsin-and-procalcitonin-for-prediction-of-septifast-results-in-critically-ill-patients
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Dunja Mihajlovic, Snezana Brkic, Arsen Uvelin, Biljana Draskovic, Vladimir Vrsajkov
PURPOSE: There is a need for identification of marker that could lead physicians to take the right step towards laboratory techniques for documentation of infection. The aim of this study was to investigate whether presepsin and procalcitonin (PCT) levels in patients with suspected sepsis could predict blood culture (BC) and SeptiFast (SF) results. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 100 patients were included in our study. PCT, C-reactive protein (CRP), and presepsin levels were determined...
April 8, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431809/pilot-study-of-changes-in-presepsin-concentrations-compared-with-changes-in-procalcitonin-and-c-reactive-protein-concentrations-after-cardiovascular-surgery
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Junichi Saito, Eiji Hashiba, Akio Mikami, Tomoyuki Kudo, Hidetomo Niwa, Kazuyoshi Hirota
OBJECTIVE: The authors investigated the presepsin-concentration profile after cardiac surgery compared with those of procalcitonin (PCT) and C-reactive protein (CRP). DESIGN: A single-center, prospective, observational clinical study. SETTING: Hirosaki University Hospital. PARTICIPANTS: Patients who underwent cardiovascular surgery without preoperative infection and end-stage kidney disease requiring dialysis. The patients also were subdivided into 2 groups with respect to the use of cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB)...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431197/serum-c-reactive-protein-procalcitonin-and-lactate-dehydrogenase-for-the-diagnosis-of-pancreatic-necrosis
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REVIEW
Oluyemi Komolafe, Stephen P Pereira, Brian R Davidson, Kurinchi Selvan Gurusamy
BACKGROUND: The treatment of people with pancreatic necrosis differs from that of people with oedematous pancreatitis. It is important to know the diagnostic accuracy of serum C-reactive protein (CRP), serum procalcitonin, and serum lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) as a triage test for the detection of pancreatic necrosis in people with acute pancreatitis, so that an informed decision can be made as to whether the person with pancreatic necrosis needs further investigations such as computed tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan and treatment for pancreatic necrosis started...
April 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427289/biomarkers-for-diagnosis-of-neonatal-sepsis-a-literature-review
#14
Deepak Sharma, Nazanin Farahbakhsh, Sweta Shastri, Pradeep Sharma
Sepsis is an important cause of mortality and morbidity in neonatal populations. There has been constant search of an ideal sepsis biomarker that have high sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV) and negative predictive value (NPV), so that both the diagnosis and exclusion of neonatal sepsis can be made at the earliest possible and appropriate antibiotics can be started to neonate. Ideal sepsis biomarker will help in guiding us when not to start antibiotics in case of suspect sepsis and total duration of antibiotics course in case of proven sepsis...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427133/-effects-of-application-of-vancomycin-in-the-early-stage-of-patients-with-extremely-severe-burn
#15
Z Zhu, G W Cao, J J Bao, Z H Hu, Z Shen, H Tao, B Cao, F Xu
Objective: To evaluate the effects of application of vancomycin in the early stage of patients with extremely severe burn, in order to provide reference to drug for anti-infection treatment in the early stage of patients with extremely severe burn. Methods: Data of 15 patients of Kunshan explosion on August 2nd, 2014, admitted to the Department of Intensive Care in our hospital were retrospectively analyzed. The clinical efficacy of continuously intravenous dripping of vancomycin (combined with imipenem) in the early stage of burns (before and on post burn day 14) was analyzed...
April 20, 2017: Zhonghua Shao Shang za Zhi, Zhonghua Shaoshang Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Burns
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426811/procalcitonin-for-selecting-the-antibiotic-regimen-in-outpatients-with-low-risk-community-acquired-pneumonia-using-a-rapid-point-of-care-testing-a-single-arm-clinical-trial
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Mar Masiá, Sergio Padilla, Victoria Ortiz de la Tabla, Matilde González, Cristina Bas, Félix Gutiérrez
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to assess the role of procalcitonin (PCT) to guide the initial selection of the antibiotic regimen for low-risk community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). METHODS: A single-arm clinical trial was conducted including outpatients with CAP and Pneumonia Severity Index risk classes I-II. Antimicrobial selection was based on the results of PCT measured with a rapid point-of-care testing. According to serum PCT levels, patients were assigned to two treatment strategies: oral azithromycin if PCT was <0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425045/soluble-triggering-receptor-expressed-on-myeloid-cell-1-strem-1-a-potential-biomarker-for-the-diagnosis-of-infectious-diseases
#17
REVIEW
Changlin Cao, Jingxian Gu, Jingyao Zhang
Sensitive and useful biomarkers for the diagnosis and prognosis of infectious diseases have been widely developed. An example of these biomarkers is triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cell-1 (TREM-1), which is a cell surface receptor expressed on monocytes/macrophages and neutrophils. TREM-1 amplifies inflammation by activating the TREM-1/DAP12 pathway. This pathway is triggered by the interaction of TREM-1 with ligands or stimulation by bacterial lipopolysaccharide. Consequently, pro-inflammatory cytokines and chemokines are secreted...
April 19, 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420466/-analysis-of-evaluation-indexes-for-prognosis-of-severe-burn-patients-with-sepsis
#18
Feng Zheng, Daming Wang, Ning Liu, Xiaonan Shao, Xinyuan Jin
OBJECTIVE: To compare changes in indexes and analyze their values in prognosis of severe burn patients with sepsis. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was conducted. The patients with severe burn sepsis admitted to the Third Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University from August 2014 to December 2016 were enrolled. The blood culture was positive in the clinical diagnosis of sepsis. According to the prognosis, the patients were divided into death group and survival group...
April 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420465/-clinical-value-of-serum-endocan-and-procalcitonin-in-early-diagnosis-and-prognosis-evaluation-of-sepsis
#19
Rong Zhao, Shimin Dong
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clinical value of serum endocan and procalcitonin (PCT) in early diagnosis and prognosis evaluation of sepsis. METHODS: The patients with systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS, n = 26) and sepsis (n = 78) admitted to intensive care unit (ICU) of the Third Hospital of Hebei Medical University from December 2014 to December 2016 were enrolled. According to the severity of disease, the sepsis patients were divided into general sepsis group (n = 20), severe sepsis group (n = 24), and septic shock group (n = 34)...
April 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420068/pentraxin-3-levels-are-associated-with-vasculitis-and-disease-activity-in-childhood-onset-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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S Sahin, A Adrovic, K Barut, S Durmus, R Gelisgen, H Uzun, O Kasapcopur
Objectives Childhood-onset systemic lupus erythematosus (cSLE) is a multisystemic autoimmune disease characterized by inflammatory organ damage by means of vasculitis. Pentraxin-3 (PTX3) is expressed locally at the sites of inflammatory processes, predominantly from endothelial cells. In adult studies, PTX3 has shown to be an indicator of active vasculitis both in large-vessel and small-vessel vasculitides, as well as in SLE. Moreover, in SLE it has found to be correlated with disease activity, and with some of the clinical manifestations and laboratory parameters...
January 1, 2017: Lupus
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