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Blood marker helps predict prognosis among those with abdominal infection

Monitoring blood levels of a compound known as procalcitonin in patients with peritonitis (a serious intra-abdominal infection) could help identify patients at increased risk of organ failure and death, according to a report in the February issue of Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Organ failure related to blood stream infection (sepsis) is the leading cause of death in surgical intensive care units, accounting for up to 60 percent of deaths, according to background information in the article. Peritonitis, infection of the layer of tissue lining the abdominal wall, is one of the most important sources of abdominal sepsis. Secondary peritonitis occurs as a consequence of another condition, such as a puncture in the gastrointestinal tract that allows the spread of bacteria, and generally this underlying condition must be treated surgically. However, continuing or new-onset abdominal sepsis continues to be a major problem for these patients following surgery, placing them at risk of multi-organ dysfunction syndrome (failure of two or more organ systems) and death.

"Facing this clinical dilemma, there is major interest in the search for an optimum diagnostic tool for an early, noninvasive and reliable diagnosis of abdominal infections and sepsis," the authors write. Currently, these conditions are diagnosed with imaging procedures and guided aspiration (suction) techniques. "An accurate and readily available biochemical marker for identifying patients at risk for abdominal infections would definitely contribute to easier and safer diagnosis."

Bettina M. Rau, M.D., University of the Saarland, Homber/Saar, Germany, and colleagues enrolled 82 patients with secondary peritonitis between 1999 and 2004 in a study to determine whether procalcitonin could be such a marker. Procalcitonin, an inactive precursor to a hormone known as calcitonin, has been shown to be more prevalent in patients with bacterial and fungal i
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Contact: Bettina M. Rau
Bettina.rau@uniklinikum-saarland.de
JAMA and Archives Journals
19-Feb-2007


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