chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, exacerbations, respiratory infection, lower airways
DISEASE INTERVENTION COMPARISON RESULTS
Chest. 2007 Jan;131(1):9-19 Randomized Controlled Trial
IN chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, exacerbations, respiratory infection, lower airways The Use of
procalcitonin, treating with antibiotics according to serum procalcitonin levels
As Diagnostic Tool
Is better Than
systematic treatment with antibiotics
To identify patients with active respiratory infection and guide antibiotic use: it reduced antibiotic use (40% vs 72%) obtaining same clinical outcome at 14 days and rehospitalzation rate (21% vs 24%)