Early changes of procalcitonin may advise about prognosis and appropriateness of antimicrobial therapy in sepsis (Journal article)

Georgopoulou, A. P./ Savva, A./ Giamarellos-Bourboulis, E. J./ Georgitsi, M./ Raftogiannis, M./ Antonakos, N./ Apostolidou, E./ Carrer, D. P./ Dimopoulos, G./ Economou, A./ Efthymiou, G./ Galanakis, N./ Galani, L./ Gargalianos, P./ Karaiskos, I./ Katsenos, C./ Kavatha, D./ Koratzanis, E./ Labropoulos, P./ Lada, M./ Nakos, G./ Paggalou, E./ Panoutsopoulos, G./ Paraschos, M./ Pavleas, I./ Pontikis, K./ Poulakou, G./ Prekates, A./ Sybardi, S./ Theodorakopoulou, M./ Trakatelli, C./ Tsiaoussis, P./ Gogos, C./ Giamarellou, H./ Armaganidis, A./ Meisner, M.


PURPOSE: The objective of this study is to define if early changes of procalcitonin (PCT) may inform about prognosis and appropriateness of administered therapy in sepsis. METHODS: A prospective multicenter observational study was conducted in 289 patients. Blood samples were drawn on day 1, that is, within less than 24 hours from advent of signs of sepsis, and on days 3, 7, and 10. Procalcitonin was estimated in serum by the ultrasensitive Kryptor assay (BRAHMS GmbH, Hennigsdorf, Germany). Patients were divided into the following 2 groups according to the type of change of PCT: group 1, where PCT on day 3 was decreased by more than 30% or was below 0.25 ng/mL, and group 2, where PCT on day 3 was either increased above 0.25 ng/mL or decreased less than 30%. RESULTS: Death occurred in 12.3% of patients of group 1 and in 29.9% of those of group 2 (P < .0001). Odds ratio for death of patients of group 1 was 0.328. Odds ratio for the administration of inappropriate antimicrobials of patients of group 2 was 2.519 (P = .003). CONCLUSIONS: Changes of serum PCT within the first 48 hours reflect the benefit or not of the administered antimicrobial therapy. Serial PCT measurements should be used in clinical practice to guide administration of appropriate antimicrobials.
Institution and School/Department of submitter: Πανεπιστήμιο Ιωαννίνων. Σχολή Επιστημών Υγείας. Τμήμα Ιατρικής
Keywords: Aged,Aged, 80 and over,Anti-Infective Agents/*therapeutic use,Biological Markers/blood,Calcitonin/*blood,Female,Humans,Male,Middle Aged,Odds Ratio,Practice Guidelines as Topic,Prognosis,Prospective Studies,Protein Precursors/*blood,Sepsis/*blood/*drug therapy/mortality,Time Factors,Treatment Outcome
URI: http://olympias.lib.uoi.gr/jspui/handle/123456789/22295
ISSN: 1557-8615
Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20869839
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