respiratory
Pneumonia

Procalcitonin of little value in bacterial pneumonia


Elevated procalcitonin levels in response to bacterial infection might help ‘lazy doctors’ when deciding on antibiotic treatment in patients hospitalised with community-acquired pneumonia but the test is no substitute for a competent clinical assessment, according to Professor Grant Waterer from Royal Perth Hospital. “In fact, the test might be harmful if therapy is inappropriately withheld,” ...

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