Procalcitonin

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Also known as: PCT
Formal name: Procalcitonin
Related tests: CRP, FBC, Blood Culture, CSF Analysis

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To help diagnose sepsis in a person who is critically ill; to help determine the risk of severe sepsis leading to septic shock in a person who has sepsis; to distinguish bacterial from non-bacterial infections

When to Get Tested?

When someone is seriously ill and a doctor wants to distinguish between sepsis and other causes of the illness; to help guide treatment in a patient with sepsis

Sample Required?

A blood sample taken from a vein in your arm

Test Preparation Needed?

None