Procalcitonin (PCT) in patients after cardiac surgery: predictor of a complicated course?

Udo Boeken, Alexander Assmann, Arash Mehdiani, Payam Akhyari & Artur Lichtenberg
Introduction: A differentiation of SIRS and sepsis can be achieved by measurement of procalcitonin (PCT). Increased PCT-levels can only be detected in septic conditions, but not in patients suffering from inflammatory complications (SIRS). It was our aim to analyze whether any postoperative PCT-elevation[for full text, please go to the a.m. URL]