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Procalcitonin-guided diagnosis and antibiotic stewardship revisited

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Medicine, January 2017
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24 news outlets
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49 tweeters
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1 Google+ user

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Title
Procalcitonin-guided diagnosis and antibiotic stewardship revisited
Published in
BMC Medicine, January 2017
DOI 10.1186/s12916-017-0795-7
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Authors

Ramon Sager, Alexander Kutz, Beat Mueller, Philipp Schuetz

Abstract

Several controlled clinical studies have evaluated the potential of the infection biomarker procalcitonin (PCT) to improve the diagnostic work-up of patients with bacterial infections and its influence on decisions regarding antibiotic therapy. Most research has focused on lower respiratory tract infections and critically ill sepsis patients. A clinical utility for PCT has also been found for patients with urinary tract infections, postoperative infections, meningitis, and patients with acute heart failure with possible superinfection (i.e., pneumonia). In these indications, PCT levels measured on hospital admission were found to substantially reduce the initiation of antibiotic treatment in low-risk situations (i.e., bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbation). For more severe infections (i.e., pneumonia, sepsis), antibiotic stewardship by monitoring of PCT kinetics resulted in shorter antibiotic treatment durations with early cessation of therapy. Importantly, these strategies appear to be safe without increasing the risk for mortality, recurrent infections, or treatment failures. PCT kinetics also proved to have prognostic value correlating with disease severity (i.e., pancreatitis, abdominal infection) and resolution of illness (i.e., sepsis). Although promising findings have been published in these different types of infections, there are a number of limitations regarding PCT, including suboptimal sensitivity and/or specificity, which makes a careful interpretation of PCT in the clinical context mandatory. This narrative review aims to update clinicians on the strengths and limitations of PCT for patient management, focusing on research conducted within the last 4 years.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Spain 1 <1%
Mexico 1 <1%
Denmark 1 <1%
Pakistan 1 <1%
Unknown 456 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Other 69 15%
Student > Postgraduate 57 12%
Student > Master 49 11%
Researcher 46 10%
Student > Doctoral Student 34 7%
Other 110 24%
Unknown 95 21%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 243 53%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 22 5%
Nursing and Health Professions 18 4%
Immunology and Microbiology 14 3%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 10 2%
Other 46 10%
Unknown 107 23%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 217. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 01 November 2022.
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#143,441
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Outputs from BMC Medicine
#129
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#3,783
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