Serum procalcitonin can help with indeterminate pneumonia

In this prospective analysis of 528 adults with acute respiratory illness, procalcitonin was significantly higher in those with pneumonia compared to those with COPD, asthma, or acute bronchitis. In those with indeterminate chest X-rays, procalcitonin had an AUC of 0.72, indicating moderate accuracy in predicting pneumonia. (abstract)

Danielle Scheurer

Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.

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