Journal article

Procalcitonin for Diagnostics and Treatment Decisions in Pediatric Lower Respiratory Tract Infections.

Philipp Baumann, Gurli Baer, Jessica Bonhoeffer, Aline Fuchs, Verena Gotta, Ulrich Heininger, Nicole Ritz, Gabor Szinnai, Jan Bonhoeffer

Front Pediatr | Published : 2017

Abstract

Mortality and morbidity remain high in pediatric lower respiratory tract infections (LRTIs) despite progress in research and implementation of global diagnostic and treatment strategies in the last decade. Still, 120 million annual episodes of pneumonia affect children younger than 5 years each year leading to 1.3 million fatalities with the major burden of disease carried by low- and middle-income countries (95%). The definition of pneumonia is still challenging. Traditional diagnostic measures (i.e., chest radiographs, C-reactive protein) are unable to distinguish viral and from bacterial etiology. As a result, common antibiotic overuse contributes to growing antibiotic resistance. We pres..

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