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Procalcitonin (PCT)

Procalcitonin (PCT)

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A protein called procalcitonin is created by several cell types in the body, frequently in reaction to bacterial infections but also response to tissue damage. In sepsis and systemic bacterial infections, the amount of procalcitonin in the blood may considerably rise. Procalcitonin in the blood is measured by this test. 

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Procalcitonin (PCT)

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Procalcitonin levels in a person being treated for sepsis or a bacterial infection that decrease over time suggest a response to therapy. Procalcitonin levels that are stable or rising may signal the need for more treatment. A procalcitonin test determines the concentration of procalcitonin in your blood.

when you are critically unwell and exhibit symptoms of sepsis or systemic infection; when you exhibit symptoms that might be caused by a bacterial infection and your healthcare practitioner wants to determine whether antibiotics would be effective; at intervals to monitor the effectiveness of antibiotic treatment.

A procalcitonin test requires no specific preparation.

PCT test result is out in 2 to 3 days. More time should be allocated in some circumstances for extra confirmatory or reflex testing. Testing schedules may differ.

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