Procalcitonin and Neonatal Sepsis: Is This the Biomarker We Are Looking For?

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Abstract

Researchers estimate the incidence of early onset sepsis as 0.77-1/1,000 live births. It remains as one of the leading causes of neonatal deaths. Clinicians and researchers continue to search for biomarkers for specific neonatal disease processes. Clinicians frequently trend C-reactive protein levels during evaluation for neonatal sepsis. Recently, researchers have begun to explore procalcitonin as a potentially useful diagnostic marker for neonatal sepsis.

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