n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - C-reactive protein and procalcitonin as markers of infection : more about... microbiology

Volume 26, Issue 11
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



A recent study of the usefulness of consecutive CRP measurements in following up cases of severe community-acquired pneumonia found that delayed normalisation of CRP in the first 3 - 7 days was suggestive of inappropriate empirical antimicrobial therapy. Patients with a decline of <60% in CRP levels in 3 days or of <90% in 7 days had a 4 - 7-fold increased risk of having received inappropriate antimicrobial treatment.

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