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Using Procalcitonin to Refine Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Exacerbations

Spiegler, Peter MD, FCCP

Section Editor(s): Spiegler, Peter MD, FCCP, FAASM, Editor

Clinical Pulmonary Medicine: May 2007 - Volume 14 - Issue 3 - p 184-185
doi: 10.1097/CPM.0b013e3180550295
Pulmonary Trends

Synopsis: Measurements of serum procalcitonin at admission to the hospital on utilization of a treatment guideline based on results allows for decreased use of antibiotic therapy for acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Source: Stolz D, Christ-Crain M, Bingisser R, et al. Antibiotic treatment of exacerbation of COPD. Chest. 2007;131:9–19.

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.