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Detection of acute phase response and infection. The role of procalcitonin and C-reactive protein
M. Rothenburger, A. Markewitz, T.Lenz, H. G. Kaulbach, K. Marohl,
Wolf D. Kuhlmann, C. Weinhold
Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Department of Anesthesiology,
Central Military Hospital, Koblenz, Germany
Central-Laboratory-Institute, Koblenz, Germany
Established parameters, e.g. C-reactive protein (CRP), do not differentiate specifically enough between patients developing an infection and those exhibiting an acute phase response following cardiac surgery. The objective of the prospective study was to investigate if procalcitonin (PCT) is more helpful than CRP.