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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548632/diagnostic-and-prognostic-value-of-inflammatory-parameters-including-neopterin-in-the-setting-of-pneumonia-copd-and-acute-exacerbations
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Alex Pizzini, Fabian Lunger, Amra Sahanic, Nada Nemati, Dietmar Fuchs, Günter Weiss, Katharina Kurz, Rosa Bellmann-Weiler
Acute exacerbations and community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) are severe complications in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In this study, we analyzed inflammatory parameters in serum including C-reactive protein (CRP), procalcitonin (PCT), and serum neopterin (NPT) to determine their potential to differentiate between patients with CAP+COPD and with acute exacerbations of COPD (AECOPD) without pneumonia. 102 (39 women and 63 men) patients were included in this retrospective study, of whom 48 presented with CAP without underlying COPD, 20 with CAP+COPD and 34 with AECOPD...
June 2017: COPD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534329/-predictive-value-of-procalcitonin-in-postoperative-intra-abdominal-infections-after-definitive-operation-of-intestinal-fistulae
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Huajian Ren, Gefei Wang, Guosheng Gu, Qiongyuan Hu, Guanwei Li, Zhiwu Hong, Xiuwen Wu, Jianan Ren
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the predictive value of procalcitonin(PCT) in postoperative intra-abdominal infections (IAI) after definitive operation of intestinal fistulae(IF). METHODS: With the exclusion of emergence operation, preoperative clinical infection, preoperative renal or hepatic dysfunction, and age less than 18 years, a total of 356 consecutive patients who underwent elective digestive tract reconstruction of intestinal fistulae from February 2012 to December 2015 at Intestinal Fistula Center of Jinling Hospital were prospectively enrolled in the study...
May 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526535/tnf-%C3%AE-is-superior-to-conventional-inflammatory-mediators-in-forecasting-ivig-nonresponse-and-coronary-arteritis-in-chinese-children-with-kawasaki-disease
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Peng Hu, Guang Mei Jiang, Yue Wu, Bao Yu Huang, Si Yan Liu, Dong Dong Zhang, Yao Xu, Yang Fang Wu, Xun Xia, Wei Wei, Bo Hu
BACKGROUND: Tumor necrosis factor (TNF) -α is of inflammatory cytokines produced chiefly by activated monocyte/macrophages, and has been implicated in the pathogenesis of Kawasaki disease (KD). We elucidated the relationship of plasma TNF-α with conventional inflammatory mediators, clinical classification, intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) response and coronary arteritis in the course of KD. METHODS: Seventy Chinese children with KD were enrolled and divided into 6 subgroups, including complete KD, incomplete KD, IVIG-responsive KD, IVIG-nonresponsive KD, coronary artery (CA) -noninvolvement KD and CA-involvement KD...
May 16, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513121/can-procalcitonin-contribute-to-the-diagnosis-of-clostridium-difficile-colitis
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Dvora S Shapiro, Reuven Friedmann, Ashraf Husseini, Hefziba Ivgi, Amos M Yinnon, Marc V Assous
BACKGROUND: It is a challenge to diagnosis Clostridium difficile colitis. OBJECTIVES: To determine, among patients who developed nosocomial diarrhea, whether serum procalcitonin (PCT) can distinguish between C. difficile toxin (CDT)-positive and CDT-negative patients. METHODS: This prospective study included 50 adults (>18 years) who developed diarrhea during hospitalization, 25 with a positive fecal test for CDT (study group) and 25 CDT negative (control group)...
May 2017: Israel Medical Association Journal: IMAJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504925/comparative-diagnostic-test-evaluation-of-serum-procalcitonin-and-c-reactive-protein-in-suspected-bloodstream-infections-in-children-with-cancer
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Swapna R Nath, Sabeena Jayapalan, Harikumaran Nair, P Kusumakumary, N S Prema, T Priyakumari, K Rajamohanan
PURPOSE: To compute diagnostic test properties of C-reactive protein (CRP) and serum procalcitonin (PCT) levels in bloodstream infections in children with cancer and suspected sepsis, in comparison with blood culture as the gold standard. METHODOLOGY: Consecutive paediatric cancer patients, aged ≤14 years, with clinically suspected bloodstream infections were evaluated with blood culture and assay of PCT and CRP levels. Blood culture was taken as the gold standard for comparison...
May 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502892/biomarkers-kinetics-in-the-assessment-of-ventilator-associated-pneumonia-response-to-antibiotics-results-from-the-biovap-study
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Pedro Póvoa, Ignacio Martin-Loeches, Paula Ramirez, Lieuwe D Bos, Mariano Esperatti, Joana Silvestre, Gisela Gili, Gemma Goma, Eugenio Berlanga, Mateu Espasa, Elsa Gonçalves, Antoni Torres, Antonio Artigas
PURPOSE: Our aim was to evaluate the role of biomarker kinetics in the assessment of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) response to antibiotics. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a prospective, multicenter, observational study to evaluate in 37 microbiologically documented VAP, the kinetics of C-reactive protein (CRP), procalcitonin (PCT), mid-region fragment of pro-adrenomedullin (MR-proADM). The kinetics of each variable, from day 1 to 6 of therapy, was assessed with a time dependent analysis comparing survivors and non-survivors...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502138/presepsin-a-diagnostic-marker-for-sepsis-in-intensive-care-unit-patients
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Hanaa A Amer, Hala Ghareeb, Neama M Lotfy, Noran O El-Azizi, Asmaa Mahmoud Mahmoud
The aim of the study was to evaluate the usefulness of presepsin as a diagnostic marker of sepsis in intensive care unit (ICU) patients. Presepsin was measured by a rapid method based on a chemiluminescent enzyme immunoassay (PATHFAST). The clinical usefulness of presepsin to diagnose sepsis and septic shock was studied and compared with procalcitonin, C-reactive protein and total leucocytic count. This study was conducted on 53 individuals divided into 3 groups. Group I included 28 adult ICU patients with at least two diagnostic criteria for systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) as patient group, Group IIa 15 patients admitted to ICU for any medical cause but with no evidence of infection were enrolled as patient control group and further 10 apparently healthy subjects as healthy control group...
June 2016: Egyptian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487809/the-level-of-oxidative-neutrophil-response-when-determining-endotoxin-activity-assay-a-new-biomarker-for-defining-the-indications-and-effectiveness-of-intensive-care-in-patients-with-sepsis
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Michael Yaroustovsky, Ekaterina Rogalskaya, Marina Plyushch, Ludmila Klimovich, Nataliya Samsonova, Marina Abramyan
Background. To analyse the clinical informativity of the neutrophil oxidative response level ("Response") during an Endotoxin Activity Assay (EAA) as a new biomarker defining the indications and effectiveness of intensive care in cardiac surgical patients with septic complications. Methods. Blood samples were taken from 198 adult patients who were admitted to the ICU after cardiac surgery (SIRS: 34, MODS: 36, and sepsis: 128). The composite of laboratory studies included CRP, PCT, EAA with "Response" level, and presepsin...
2017: International Journal of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486866/the-predictive-value-of-coefficient-of-pct-%C3%A3-bg-for-anastomotic-leak-in-esophageal-carcinoma-patients-with-ards-after-esophagectomy
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Huan Li, Daofeng Wang, Wenxiao Wei, Lamei Ouyang, Ning Lou
Anastomotic leak was a potentially severe life-threatening complication of esophagectomy, which drew attention in consequence of progressive dyspnea until acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) due to the early asymptomatic presentation. Respiratory failure, caused by ARDS as the severe presentation of anastomotic leak, is the most common organ failure. CRP (C-reactive protein), procalcitonin (PCT), and Blood G (BG) test are the sensitivity markers for inflammatory, sepsis, and fungemia, respectively. Early recognition and intervention treatment of anastomotic leak may alleviate complication and improve outcome...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485317/early-kinetics-of-procalcitonin-in-predicting-surgical-outcomes-in-type-a-aortic-dissection-patients
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Hua Liu, Zhe Luo, Lan Liu, Xiao-Mei Yang, Ya-Min Zhuang, Ying Zhang, Guo-Wei Tu, Guo-Guang Ma, Guang-Wei Hao, Jian-Feng Luo, Ji-Li Zheng, Chun-Sheng Wang
BACKGROUND: In cardiac surgery, elevation of procalcitonin (PCT) could be observed postoperatively in the absence of any evidence of infection and also seems to be a prognostic marker. PCT levels measured in patients undergoing Type A aortic dissection (TAAD) were used to determine prognostic values for complications and surgical outcomes. METHODS: Measurements of PCT, C-reactive protein (CRP), and leukocyte count were observed in TAAD surgery patients (n = 251; average age: 49...
May 20, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483541/clinical-spectrum-and-therapeutic-management-of-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-associated-macrophage-activation-syndrome-a-study-of-103-episodes-in-89-adult-patients
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Pierre-Edouard Gavand, Ilaria Serio, Laurent Arnaud, Nathalie Costedoat-Chalumeau, Julien Carvelli, Antoine Dossier, Olivier Hinschberger, Luc Mouthon, Véronique Le Guern, Anne-Sophie Korganow, Vincent Poindron, Clément Gourguechon, Christian Lavigne, François Maurier, Guylaine Labro, Marie Heymonet, Matthieu Artifoni, Amélie Brabant Viau, Cristophe Deligny, Thomas Sene, Louis Terriou, Jean Sibilia, Alexis Mathian, Coralie Bloch-Queyrat, Claire Larroche, Zahir Amoura, Thierry Martin
OBJECTIVES: Macrophage activation syndrome (MAS) is a life-threatening hyperinflammatory syndrome that can occur during systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Data on MAS in adult SLE patients are very limited. The aim of this study is to describe the clinical characteristics, laboratory findings, treatments, and outcomes of a large series of SLE-associated MAS. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study that included 103 episodes of MAS in 89 adult patients with SLE...
May 5, 2017: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480770/an-update-on-the-pharmacotherapeutic-management-of-lower-respiratory-tract-infections
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Mario Cazzola, Paola Rogliani, Stefano Aliberti, Francesco Blasi, Maria Gabriella Matera
Our knowledge about lower respiratory tract infections (LRTIs) has improved substantially in the last years, but the management of respiratory infections is still a challenge and we are still far from precision medicine in the treatment of LRTIs. Areas covered: The approaches developed in recent years to improve the pharmacotherapeutic management of LRTIs, such as novel diagnostic assays to facilitate medical decision-making, attempts for selecting an optimal empiric antibiotic regimen, and the role of new and possibly unproven adjunctive therapies, are described...
May 6, 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474099/a-three-step-diagnosis-of-pediatric-pneumonia-at-the-emergency-department-using-clinical-predictors-c-reactive-protein-and-pneumococcal-pcr
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Gabriel Alcoba, Kristina Keitel, Veronica Maspoli, Laurence Lacroix, Sergio Manzano, Mario Gehri, René Tabin, Alain Gervaix, Annick Galetto-Lacour
Recommendations for the management of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) advocate that, in the absence of the clinical and laboratory findings typical of bacterial CAP, antibiotics are not required. However, the true value of the clinical and laboratory predictors of pediatric CAP still needs to be assessed. This prospective cohort study in three emergency departments enrolled 142 children with radiological pneumonia. Pneumonia with lung consolidation was the primary endpoint; complicated pneumonia (bacteremia, empyema, or pleural effusion) was the secondary endpoint...
May 4, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473224/the-n-terminal-pro-brain-natriuretic-peptide-is-the-best-predictor-of-mortality-during-hospitalization-in-patients-with-low-sepsis-related-organ-failure-assessment
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Eva García Villalba, Enrique Bernal Morell, Mari Paz Egea, Irene Marín, Antonia Alcaraz Garcia, Angeles Muñoz, MariCarmen Vera, Salvador Valero, Monica Martinez, Victoria Callejo Hurtado, Jose Miguel Gomez Verdu, Angela Santo, Alfredo Cano Sanchez
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this study was to investigate the value of N-terminal pro brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), C-reactive protein (CRP) and procalcitonin (PCT) in predicting mortality in septic patients during hospitalization with mortality risk<10% evaluated by Sepsis-related Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Prospective, observational study performed in sepsis patients with SOFA risk<10%. We obtained levels of biomarkers in the first 72h after admission in hospital...
May 1, 2017: Medicina Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471985/the-clinical-significance-of-scd14-st-for-blood-biomarker-in-neonatal-hematosepsis-a-diagnostic-accuracy-study
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Ting Xiao, Li-Ping Chen, Li-Hua Zhang, Fu-Huang Lai, Li Zhang, Qun-Feng Qiu, Rong-Liang Que, SiSi Xie, Ding-Chang Wu
Hematosepsis is a systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) with suspected or confirmed infection, which is the most common infectious disease in clinical neonatal intensive care unit. As the rapid development of neonatal hematosepsis caused by various basic diseases, the mortality rate is high, and there are some sequelae.We report the lasted study to date with 96 cases from Fujian Longyan First Hospital between 2013 and 2015. The aim of our study is to explore the value of soluble cluster of differentiation 14 subtype (sCD14-ST) in whole blood for differential diagnosis of neonatal hematosepsis at an early stage, and used in evaluation of the severity about sepsis combined with acute physiology and chronic health evaluation II (APACHE-II) score, procalcitonin (PCT), C reactive protein (CRP), and leukocyte (WBC)...
May 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471695/current-use-and-potential-role-of-procalcitonin-in-the-diagnostic-work-up-and-follow-up-of-febrile-neutropenia-in-hematological-patients
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Benedetto Bruno, Alessandro Busca, Stefano Vallero, Stefania Raviolo, Nicola Mordini, Luca Nassi, Alessandro Cignetti, Ernesta Audisio, Moreno Festuccia, Alessandra Corsetti, Lorella Depaoli, Maura Faraci, Concetta Micalizzi, Silvia Corcione, Massimo Berger, Francesco Saglio, Paola Caropreso, Giulio Mengozzi, Vincenzo Squadrone, Francesco Giuseppe De Rosa, Luisa Giaccone
Febrile neutropenia (FN) represents a life-threatening complication in hematological malignancies. Its etiology is most often due to infections even though FN of other origins, such as tumor-related fever and non-infectious inflammation, should rapidly be ruled out. Initially, C-reactive protein and, more recently, procalcitonin (PCT) have been proposed as useful biomarkers for differential diagnosis. PCT was shown to be a good biomarker of bacterial infections and their clinical outcomes. Definition of standard cut-offs and design of PCT-guided treatment protocols remain however to be defined...
May 24, 2017: Expert Review of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468981/hnl-human-neutrophil-lipocalin-in-activated-whole-blood-is-a-specific-and-rapid-diagnostic-biomarker-of-bacterial-infections-in-the-respiratory-tract
#17
Per Venge, Ann-Katrin Eriksson, Lena Douhan-Håkansson, Karlis Pauksen
The distinction between bacterial and viral causes of infections of the respiratory tract is a major but important clinical challenge. We investigated the diagnostic performance of Human Neutrophil Lipocalin (HNL) in respiratory tract infections in comparison to CRP and procalcitonin (PCT). METHODS: Patients were recruited from the emergency department and from a primary care unit (n=162). The clinical diagnosis as to bacterial or viral causes of the infection was complemented with objective microbiological/serological testing...
May 3, 2017: Clinical and Vaccine Immunology: CVI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461824/clinical-usefulness-of-serum-procalcitonin-level-in-distinguishing-between-kawasaki-disease-and-other-infections-in-febrile-children
#18
Na Hyun Lee, Hee Joung Choi, Yeo Hyang Kim
PURPOSE: The aims of this study were to compare serum procalcitonin (PCT) levels between febrile children with Kawasaki disease (KD) and those with bacterial or viral infections, and assess the clinical usefulness of PCT level in predicting KD. METHODS: Serum PCT levels were examined in febrile pediatric patients admitted between August 2013 and August 2014. The patients were divided into 3 groups as follows: 49 with KD, 111 with viral infections, and 24 with bacterial infections...
April 2017: Korean Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459407/-effect-of-bronchoalveolar-lavage-with-fiberoptic-bronchoscopy-combined-with-vibration-sputum-drainage-on-mechanically-ventilated-patients-with-severe-pneumonia-a-prospective-randomized-controlled-trial-in-286-patients
#19
Zeya Shi, Yuelan Qin, Yimin Zhu, Xiaoji Pan, Xu Zhou, Yuting Tan, Yanhui Liu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the curative effect of bronchoalveolar lavage with fiberoptic bronchoscopy combined with vibration sputum drainage in the treatment of severe pneumonia patients undergoing mechanical ventilation (MV). METHODS: A prospective randomized controlled trial was conducted. 286 severe pneumonia patients undergoing MV admitted to intensive care unit (ICU) of Hunan People's Hospital from January 2014 to July 2016 were enrolled, and they were divided into control group and observation group according to random number table, with 143 patients in each group...
January 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459401/-value-of-procalcitonin-on-predicting-the-severity-and-prognosis-in-patients-with-early-ards-a-prospective-observation-study
#20
Zhixin Yu, Musen Ji, Xiulan Hu, Jun Yan, Zhaochen Jin
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the value of procalcitonin (PCT) on predicting the severity and prognosis in patients with early acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). METHODS: A prospective observation study was conducted. A total of 113 patients with ARDS undergoing mechanical ventilation admitted to intensive care unit (ICU) of Affiliated People's Hospital of Jiangsu University from October 2012 to April 2016 were enrolled. Based on oxygenation index (PaO2/FiO2), the patients were classified into mild, moderate, and severe groups according to Berlin Definition...
January 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
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