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Procalcitonin (PCT)
This is a simple blood test that measures levels of the chemical procalcitonin (PCT) that might help doctors avoid unnecessary antibiotic treatment for respiratory illnesses like bronchitis, pneumonia, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease without compromising patients' safety.

This test helps to evaluate the risk that a seriously ill person is developing a systemic bacterial infection. It has primarily been studied in people who present to Emergency Departments or who are admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) and who have symptoms that may be due to sepsis. This test is carried out when someone is seriously ill and a doctor wants to distinguish between sepsis and other causes of the illness or to help guide treatment in a patient with sepsis.

The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

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