|LETTER TO EDITOR
|Year : 2022 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 202
Evaluation of Some Biomarkers in Diagnosis of Bacterial Bloodstream Infection in Children
Mahmood Dhahir Al-Mendalawi, Mohammed Jalal Al-Khalidi
Department of Paediatrics, Al-Kindy College of Medicine, University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq
|Date of Submission||24-Dec-2021|
|Date of Decision||10-Jul-2022|
|Date of Acceptance||13-Jul-2022|
|Date of Web Publication||2-Jan-2023|
Prof. Mahmood Dhahir Al-Mendalawi
Department of Paediatrics, Al-Kindy College of Medicine, University of Baghdad, P.O. Box 55302, Baghdad Post Office, Baghdad
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Al-Mendalawi MD, Al-Khalidi MJ. Evaluation of Some Biomarkers in Diagnosis of Bacterial Bloodstream Infection in Children. Mustansiriya Med J 2022;21:202
|How to cite this URL:|
Al-Mendalawi MD, Al-Khalidi MJ. Evaluation of Some Biomarkers in Diagnosis of Bacterial Bloodstream Infection in Children. Mustansiriya Med J [serial online] 2022 [cited 2023 Feb 8];21:202. Available from: https://www.mmjonweb.org/text.asp?2022/21/2/202/366631
In the July–December 2021 issue of the Mustansiriya Medical Journal, Abood et al. assessed the role of C-reactive protein (CRP) and procalcitonin (PCT) as biomarkers of pediatric sepsis (PS). They found that the mean levels of serum CRP and PCT in the Gram-negative and Gram-positive groups differed significantly from the control group. They concluded that the utilization of these biomarkers as diagnostic tests might help in the early diagnosis of PS. Indeed, serum levels of CRP and PCT are not only reliable in the diagnosis of PS but also in predicting the overwhelming progression of the septic patient., A concern exists considering the clinical implication of measuring serum CRP and PCT as there is a need to utilize optimal cutoff levels of CRP and PCT with a regard to various pediatric age groups. Importantly, these cutoff values have been constructed for certain pediatric populations to be employed in the researches centers and clinical practice., Regrettably, no similar cutoff levels are yet present in Iraq. The study by Abood et al. truly triggers the need to formulate Iraqi pediatric cutoff values of CRP and PCT. Meanwhile, it would be prudent to study the diagnostic value of CRP versus PCT in predicting PS in Iraq.
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