Procalcitonin (PCT) for Orthopaedics

Few diagnostic tools are available for diagnostic procedures relating to infection, both pre- and post operation, leaving the orthopaedic surgeon dependent on CRP and ESR. These tests, together with radiographs, holds insufficient diagnostic accuracy for infection. For patients with joint pain, the orthopaedic consultant must rule out infection, however, tests must typically be sent to a lab meaning that test results are not instantly available to guide diagnostics’.

There is a massive need for rapid and cost efficient diagnostic tools in relation to identification and surveillance of infected patients.

Procalcitonin (PCT) is a superior blood based biomarker (serum, plasma and whole blood) for systemic infection compared to CRP and ESR (1). In relation to orthopaedic surgery, PCT can assist identification of patients with joint infections, both pre- and post-operation, as well as, provide guidance of antimicrobial therapy during post-op recovery.

The test is an easy, fast and quantitative Point of Care test (POCT) designed to give results within 15 minutes, and will help in detection of infection, both pre- and post-op, and aid towards a more accurate treatment.

• Recent studies show that PCT is superior to C-reactive protein (CRP) and White blood cell count (WBC) to predict early postoperative infection in relation to heart surgery (2).

• PCT has a good correlation with bacterial infection of high sensitivity and specificity.

• In septic patients, PCT has a rapid and specific induction in blood of 3 to 6 hours following onset.

• PCT has a half-life period of 20-24 hours, treatment effects can therefore be quickly detected.

• The PCT test is CE-IVD labelled.

If you want to know more about the products or are interested in making a purchase please contact the Lyfstone Sales team:
  +47 77 61 11 12


Linear range: <b>0,1 – 50ng/ml, r&gt;0,99</b>

Test format: <b>LFD kits (10, 25, 50 tests)</b>

Shelf life: <b>18 months</b>

Preferred Biopsies:<b> </b><strong>Whole Blood, Serum, Plasma</strong>


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