The procalcitonin test was taken periodically when Luke was
Patient :The procalcitonin test was taken periodically when Luke was in the hospital.
5/13 it was measured at 1.36
5/12 It was measured at 2.97
5/11 it was measured at 5.36
According to the results, anything above .5, it stated that a bacterial infection was “very likely.”
Is this why the antibiotics was prescribed in the hospital?
Symptoms: My 13 year old son is currently on steroids and his procalcitonin level was measured at .07.
Thanks for your query, albeit short and specific.
Yes, it is true that Procalcitonin is used to evaluate the risk that a seriously ill person is developing a systemic bacterial infection. Since your son is 13 and on steroids, the chances of contracting bacterial infection leading to formation of sepsis (infection) is very high and since the level was high on 5/11 at 5.36 indicated infection so the antibiotic must have been started.
Daily progress if very good as is measuring 0.7 as the latest as pr the history your have provided.
I hope this answers your specific query, please feel free to as k for further relevant queries if you feel that there is a gap of communication.
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