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Lauri Ivaska, Varpu Elenius, Ilkka Mononen, Olli Ruuskanen, Ville Peltola
AIM: Procalcitonin (PCT) and C-reactive protein (CRP) are biomarkers of bacterial infection with distinct clinical qualities. This study aimed to determine the occurrence and significance of discrepancies in plasma PCT and CRP levels in hospitalised children. METHODS: This was a single centre, retrospective analysis of simultaneous PCT and CRP measurements. Clinical characteristics, microbiological findings and diagnoses were compared between cases in which only PCT or CRP levels were elevated...
May 2016: Acta Paediatrica
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