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Test Findings

Elevated Procalcitonin

April 24th, 2019


Procalcitonin is a protein normally produced by the thyroid; it is secreted by extrathyroid tissue in the context of infection or inflammation.
    • Normal Range

    • <0.15 ng/mL
  • Causes of Elevated Procalcitonin

  • Sepsis
  • Inflammation
  • Surgery
  • Trauma
  • Burns
  • Pearls

  • Elevated serum procalcitonin is indicative of an active inflammatory state.
  • Procalcitonin rises rapidly with maximal concentration reached within two days, and falls quickly once inflammation has resolved.
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