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Procalcitonin measurements and non-invasive mechanical ventilation in acute exacerbation of COPD: an appropriate new tool?

Journal: International Journal of Research in Medical Sciences (Vol.2, No. 1)

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Page : 373-374

Keywords : Procalcitonin; COPD;

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Hospitalization of acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (Ae-COPD) is a common health care problem. In last decades, non-invasive mechanical ventilation (NIV) is a key cornerstone therapeutic element that have shown influence positively short and long term outcomes in Ae-COPD. Recently, incorporation of new biomarkers as procalcitonin (PCT) to predict requirement of NIV in Ae-COPD is an attractive tool to guide a proper making decision regarding indication of NIV is scarce. [Int J Res Med Sci 2014; 2(1.000): 373-374]

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