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Procalcitonin

Procalcitonin is a topic covered in the Davis's Lab & Diagnostic Tests.

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General

Synonym/Acronym:
PCT.

Common Use:
To assist in diagnosing bacterial infection and risk for developing sepsis.

Specimen:
Serum collected in a gold-, red-, or red/gray-top tube. Plasma collected in a lavender-top (EDTA) or a green-top (lithium or sodium heparin) tube is also acceptable.

Normal Findings:
(Method: Fluorescence immunoassay)

AgeConventional UnitsSI Units (Conventional Units × 1)
NewbornLess than 2 ng/mLLess than 2 mcg/L
18–20 hrLess than 20 ng/mLLess than 20 mcg/L
48 hrLess than 5 ng/mLLess than 5 mcg/L
3 d–adultLess than 0.1 ng/mLLess than 0.1 mcg/L
Interpretive Guidelines
InterpretationConventional UnitsSI Units
Bacterial infection absent or very unlikelyLess than 0.1 ng/mLLess than 0.1 mcg/L
Bacterial infection possible; low risk for development of sepsisLess than 0.5 ng/mLLess than 0.5 mcg/L
Bacterial infection likely; development of sepsis is possible0.5–2 ng/mL0.5–2 mcg/L
Bacterial infection very likely; high risk for development of sepsis2.1–9.9 ng/mL or greater2.1–9.9 mcg/L or greater
Bacterial infection severe; septic shock is probable10 ng/mL or greater10 mcg/L or greater

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Citation

Bladh, Mickey Lynn., and Anne M. Van Leeuwen. "Procalcitonin." Davis's Lab & Diagnostic Tests, 7th ed., F.A. Davis Company, 2017. Nursing Central, nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Davis-Lab-and-Diagnostic-Tests/425426/all/Procalcitonin.
Bladh ML, Van Leeuwen AM. Procalcitonin. Davis's Lab & Diagnostic Tests. 7th ed. F.A. Davis Company; 2017. https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Davis-Lab-and-Diagnostic-Tests/425426/all/Procalcitonin. Accessed April 20, 2019.
Bladh, M. L., & Van Leeuwen, A. M. (2017). Procalcitonin. In Davis's Lab & Diagnostic Tests. Available from https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Davis-Lab-and-Diagnostic-Tests/425426/all/Procalcitonin
Bladh ML, Van Leeuwen AM. Procalcitonin [Internet]. In: Davis's Lab & Diagnostic Tests. F.A. Davis Company; 2017. [cited 2019 April 20]. Available from: https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Davis-Lab-and-Diagnostic-Tests/425426/all/Procalcitonin.
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