Diagnostic and Prognostic Value of Procalcitonin and C-Reactive Protein in Malnourished Children
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AbstractEarly recognition of bacterial infections is crucial for their proper management, but is particularly difficult in children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM). The objectives of this study were to evaluate the accuracy of C-reactive protein (CRP) and procalcitonin (PCT) for diagnosing bacterial infections and assessing the prognosis of hospitalized children with SAM, and to determine the reliability of CRP and PCT rapid tests suitable for remote settings.
PublisherAmerican Academy of Pediatrics