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Hannah Maier, Saskia Helm, Sermin Toto, Nicole Moschny, Wolfgang Sperling, Thomas Hillemacher, Kai G Kahl, Ewgeni Jakubovski, Stefan Bleich, Helge Frieling, Alexandra Neyazi
Background: Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is one of the most effective treatment options for refractory depressed patients. To date, there are only a few predictors of response. Aim: The aim was to identify predictive biomarkers of remission to ECT on a molecular level. Methods: 11 patients suffering from a major depressive episode-according to the Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV)-underwent 10 ECT sessions...
2018: Disease Markers
Liqin Gao, Bin Yang, Hairong Zhang, Qishui Ou, Yulan Lin, Mei Zhang, Zhenhuan Zhang, Sunghee Kim, Bing Wu, Zeng Wang, Lengxi Fu, Jingan Lin, Ruiqing Chen, Ruilong Lan, Junying Chen, Wei Chen, Long Chen, Hengshan Zhang, Deping Han, Jingrong Chen, Paul Okunieff, Jianhua Lin, Lurong Zhang
Early diagnosis of sepsis is critical for successful treatment. The clinical value of DcR3 in early diagnosis of sepsis was determined in a dynamic follow-up study. Alterations in plasma levels of DcR3, PCT, CRP, and IL-6 were measured by ELISA and compared among patients with sepsis ( n = 134), SIRS ( n = 60) and normal adults ( n = 50). Correlations and dynamic patterns among the biomarkers, APACHE II scores, clinical outcomes, and pathogens were also examined. Plasma DcR3 was significantly increased in sepsis compared to SIRS and normal adults (median 3...
February 16, 2018: Oncotarget
Imran Siddiqui, Lena Jafri, Qalab Abbas, Ahmed Raheem, Anwar Ul Haque
Objective: To evaluate the clinical and prognostic utility of procalcitonin (PCT), C-reactive protein (CRP), and lactic acid in children admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) of a university teaching hospital. Materials and Methods: Medical records of children (1 month-16 years) tested for serum PCT at the time of admission in the PICU of our hospital from July 1, 2013, to January 15, 2015, were reviewed. Within 24 h of admission, the Pediatric Risk of Mortality Score, blood cultures, white blood cell count, neutrophil counts, serum CRP, plasma lactic acid, and PCT were noted...
February 2018: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
Tuna Demirdal, Pinar Sen, Salih Atakan Nemli
Background and Aims: Several biomarkers are used in the diagnosis of bacteremia. Procalcitonin (PCT) is more specific than other biomarkers in differentiating bacterial and nonbacterial inflammation. It was aimed to evaluate the diagnostic and prognostic value of PCT in bacteremic patients in Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Materials and Methods: A total of 156 patients diagnosed with noninfectious systemic inflammatory response syndrome, sepsis, and severe sepsis/septic shock in ICU between December 2014 and July 2015 were evaluated in this prospective cohort study...
February 2018: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
Alexander R Levine, Midori Tran, Jonathan Shepherd, Edgar Naut
BACKGROUND: Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are one of the most common reasons women seek treatment in the emergency department (ED). The biomarker procalcitonin (PCT) has gained popularity over the last decade to improve the diagnosis of bacterial infections and reduce unnecessary exposure to antibiotics. PCT has been extensively studied in patients with pneumonia and sepsis and may have additional role in UTI. METHODS: A retrospective study of patients who presented to the ED in which a urinalysis test and a PCT level was obtained within the first 24h of presentation...
March 3, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Duneesha de Fonseka, Nick A Maskell
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Pleural infection is a common problem associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Systemic or pleural fluid markers for reliably identifying pleural infection are limited. Procalcitonin (PCT) is known to be elevated in bacterial infection and is currently used for diagnosis and decision-making regarding antibiotic duration in respiratory infections. This review investigates if there is a role for serum and pleural fluid PCT (pf-PCT) in diagnosis and management of pleural infection...
March 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
Sang Won Yoon, Geun Joo Choi, Oh-Haeng Lee, Il Jae Yoon, Hyun Kang, Chong Wha Baek, Yong Hun Jung, Young Cheol Woo
BACKGROUND: Previous randomized controlled trials have reported conflicting findings comparing propofol combination therapy(PCT) with propofol monotherapy(PMT) for sedation of patients undergoing gastrointestinal endoscopy. Therefore, a systematic review was performed to compare the efficacy and safety of PCT and PMT in such patients. METHODS: We searched MEDLINE, EMBASE and CENTRAL databases to identify all randomized controlled trials that compared the efficacy and safety of PCT and PMT for sedation of patients undergoing gastrointestinal endoscopy...
March 11, 2018: Digestive Endoscopy: Official Journal of the Japan Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society
José Luis Muñoz, María Oliva Alvarez, Vicent Cuquerella, Elena Miranda, Carlos Picó, Raquel Flores, Marta Resalt-Pereira, Pedro Moya, Ana Pérez, Antonio Arroyo
BACKGROUND: C-reactive protein (CRP) and procalcitonin (PCT) have been described as good predictors of anastomotic leak after colorectal surgery, obtaining the highest diagnostic accuracy on the 5th postoperative day. However, if an enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) program is performed, early predictors are needed in order to ensure a safe and early discharge. The aim of this study was to investigate the efficacy of CRP, PCT, and white blood cell (WBC) count determined on first postoperative days, in predicting septic complications, especially anastomotic leak, after laparoscopic colorectal surgery performed within an ERAS program...
March 8, 2018: Surgical Endoscopy
Hepeng Fu, Yuxiang Zhang
Platelets play a pivotal role in the thromboembolic, inflammatory, and immunomodulatory process. The alteration of platelet quality often affects the treatment and prognosis of critically ill patients, and has a significant correlation with mortality. With the further research on the function of the platelet, it is found that the abnormal platelet quality can present during the early stage of the illness of the critically ill patients. In order to evaluate the alterations of the platelet quality more accurately, the further studies of platelet parameters, including platelet counts (PLT), platelet hematocrit (PCT), platelet large cell ratio (PLCR), mean platelet volume (MPV), platelet distribution width (PDW), immature platelet fraction (IPF) and so on, are still be the focus of current researches in the field of critical illness...
March 2018: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
Junma Xu, Jie Zhao, Xiaomin Jia, Gang Wang
OBJECTIVE: To explore the role of early continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) in bundle treatment of severe pneumonia. METHODS: Seventy severe pneumonia patients admitted to respiratory intensive care unit (RICU) of Second Affiliated Hospital of Xuzhou Medical University from January 2013 to June 2017 were enrolled. The patients were randomly divided into routine treatment group and CRRT treatment group, with 35 patients in each group. All patients were treated with bundle therapy, and those in CRRT treatment group was treated with CRRT daily on the basis of conventional bundle therapy...
March 2018: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
Lingchen Kong, Jianzhong Li, Peng Wu, Jianhua Xu, Honglei Li, Haifei Long, Pan Liu, Fangfang Wei, Wenhong Peng
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the curative effect of lateral position ventilation combined with vibration sputum drainage on the patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). METHODS: A prospective randomized controlled trial was conducted. The patients with ARDS undergoing mechanical ventilation (MV) admitted to intensive care unit (ICU) of Linyi Central Hospital from January 2013 to June 2017 were enrolled, and they were divided into simple ventilation group and combined treatment group according to random number table...
March 2018: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
Jiangquan Fu, Qing Lan, Difen Wang, Ying Wang, Ying Liu
OBJECTIVE: To approach the value of red cell distribution width (RDW) on the prognostic assessment of patients with abdominal sepsis. METHODS: The clinical data of adult patients with abdominal sepsis admitted to intensive care unit (ICU) of Affiliated Hospital of Guizhou Medical University from January 2015 to September 2017 were retrospectively analyzed. The patients were divided into survival group and death group according to ICU prognosis. The levels of serum lactate (Lac), procalcitonin (PCT), RDW, and acute physiology and chronic health evaluation II (APACHE II) score within 24 hours were recorded...
March 2018: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
Ender Ornek, Mustafa Cetin, Emrullah Kiziltunc, Alparslan Kurtul, Murat Gok, Harun Kundi
AIM: Procalcitonin (PCT) is an inflammatory marker and elevated PCT levels are associated with cardiovascular events. We assessed whether PCT level is an independent predictor of bare-metal stent (BMS) in-stent restenosis (ISR). PATIENTS & METHODS: We evaluated 240 patients undergoing BMS implantation. Serum PCT levels were measured before procedure. Patients were classified as ISR(-) group (n = 120) and ISR(+) group (n = 120). RESULTS: Serum PCT levels were higher in the ISR (+) group (p < 0...
March 8, 2018: Biomarkers in Medicine
Anne L Christiansen, Anette Bygum, Ole Hother-Nielsen, Lars M Rasmussen
The prevalence of diabetes mellitus is increased in patients with porphyria cutanea tarda. Different tests are available for diagnosing and screening for type II diabetes mellitus, however choosing the most suitable test is challenging. The pitfalls in the different tests along with the interfering comorbidities and treatments concerning patients with porphyria cutanea tarda complicate diagnosing these patients with diabetes mellitus. HbA1c, fasting glucose, or oral glucose tolerance are the current available tests, with HbA1c as first choice...
March 8, 2018: International Journal of Dermatology
Emanuele Asti, Gianluca Bonitta, Matteo Melloni, Stefania Tornese, Pamela Milito, Andrea Sironi, Elena Costa, Luigi Bonavina
BACKGROUND: Early detection of anastomotic leakage after esophagectomy has the potential to reduce morbidity and mortality. Prompt suspicion of leak may help to exclude patients from fast-track protocols, thereby avoiding early oral feeding and early hospital discharge which could aggravate the prognosis of a clinically occult leak. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Observational retrospective cohort study. Patients with diagnosis of esophageal cancer who underwent elective minimally invasive esophagectomy were included...
March 7, 2018: Langenbeck's Archives of Surgery
Guillaume Ducarme, François Desroys du Roure, Aurélie Le Thuaut, Joséphine Grange, Mathilde Vital, Jérôme Dimet
BACKGROUND: A hypothesis of preterm parturition is that the pathogenesis of spontaneous preterm birth (sPTB) may be associated with an inflammatory process. Based on this theory, we have hypothesized that an inflammatory biomarker, procalcitonin (PCT), may be a good predictive marker of sPTB at the admission for threatened preterm labour (TPL). The present study was aimed to investigate the association between serum PCT and sPTB in women with TPL and to evaluate whether PCT levels may predict sPTB in women with TPL within 7 or 14 days...
March 7, 2018: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Natália B Andriguetti, Roberta Z Hahn, Lilian F Lizot, Suziane Raymundo, Jose L Costa, Kelly F da Cunha, Ramon M M Vilela, Helena M Kluck, Gilberto Schwartsmann, Marina V Antunes, Rafael Linden
BACKGROUND: Paclitaxel (PCT) is a chemotherapeutic drug widely used for the treatment of several types of tumors, and its use is associated with severe adverse events, mainly neurologic and hematopoietic toxicities. The relation between systemic exposure and clinical response to PCT was previously described, making paclitaxel a potential candidate for therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM). The use of dried blood spot (DBS) sampling could allow complex sampling schedules required for TDM of PCT...
March 4, 2018: Clinical Biochemistry
Nusrat Shafiq, Vikas Gautam, Avaneesh Kumar Pandey, Navjot Kaur, Shubha Garg, Harish Negi, Sharonjeet Kaur, Pallab Ray, Samir Malhotra
Background & objectives: Development of antibacterial resistance and its association with antibiotic overuse makes it necessary to identify a specific and sensitive biomarker for the diagnosis of bacterial infection and guiding antibiotic therapy. Procalcitonin (PCT), as a sepsis biomarker, may play a role in guiding antibiotics treatment in hospital settings. The aim of the current meta-analysis was to analyze the utility of PCT on various outcomes of interest in inpatients. Methods: Different databases were searched for randomized controlled trials comparing PCT-guided therapy with standard therapy in admitted patients with bacterial infections...
November 2017: Indian Journal of Medical Research
Raúl Méndez, Rosario Menéndez, Catia Cillóniz, Isabel Amara-Elori, Rosanel Amaro, Paula González, Tomás Posadas, Alexandra Gimeno, Pedro P España, Jordi Almirall, Antoni Torres
RATIONALE: Assessment of the inflammatory response can help decision-making process when diagnosing community-acquired pneumonia (CAP), but there is a lack of information about the influence of time since onset of symptoms. We studied the impact of the number of days since onset of symptoms on inflammatory cytokines and biomarkers concentrations at CAP diagnosis in hospitalized patients. METHODS: We performed a secondary analysis in two prospective cohorts including 541 patients in the derivation cohort and 422 in the validation cohort...
March 6, 2018: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Phunsup Wongsurakiat, Sirapat Tulatamakit
Background We wanted to determine the impact of combined Clinical Pulmonary Infection Score (CPIS) and a spot serum procalcitonin (PCT)-guided protocol to shorten the duration of antibiotic treatment in patients with ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), mainly caused by nonfermentative gram-negative bacilli (NF-GNB). Methods Patients with VAP who received appropriate antibiotics for 7 days, temperature ⩽ 37.8°C, without shock, and CPIS ⩽ 6 were allocated to the PCT group or conventional group according to the treating physicians' decisions...
January 2018: Therapeutic Advances in Respiratory Disease
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