Procalcitonin (PCT) Blood Test
Test Code: 164750
Specimen Type: Blood
Procalcitonin (PCT) Blood Test (Labcorp)
This test measures the level of procalcitonin in the blood. The body produces procalcitonin in response to bacterial infections and tissue damage. Procalcitonin levels can be mildly elevated in cases such as urinary tract infections, recent surgery, burns, pancreatitis, heart attack, and organ transplant. Procalcitonin levels can rise sharply in cases where sepsis is present. Sepsis is a severe reaction by the body's immune system when an infection spreads to the bloodstream. Sepsis can cause fever, chills, increased heart rate, difficulty breathing, and decreased blood pressure.
A procalcitonin test can be ordered when a person has symptoms of chronic bacterial infection or sepsis. The results of this test can help distinguish bacterial infection from other types. Repeat testing may be dome to see how well a person is responding to antibiotic treatment. Elevated procalcitonin levels should be followed up with your doctor as soon as possible to avoid possibly serious medical complications.
Turnaround for this test is typically 2-4 business days.
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It is recommended that someone taking Biotin (also known as vitamin B7 or B8, vitamin H, or coenzyme R) stop consumption at least 72 hours prior to the collection of a sample.