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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 11  |  Page : 820

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Department of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology, Izmir Katip Celebi University Ataturk Training and Research Hospital, Izmir, Turkey

Date of Web Publication19-Nov-2018

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Prof. Pinar Sen
Izmir Katip Celebi University Ataturk Research and Training Hospital, 35360, Karabaglar, Izmir
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DOI: 10.4103/ijccm.IJCCM_308_18

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Demirdal T, Sen P, Nemli SA. Author reply. Indian J Crit Care Med 2018;22:820

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We would like to thank Dr. Patnaik and Dr. Azim for their interest and valuable comments in our study.[1] We have re-examined our article in accordance with the recommendations, and we were aware of some important issues through constructive comments of the authors.

The unit of procalcitonin (PCT) was ng/ml; however, it was mistakenly written as ng/dl in our study. If the value of PCT was ng/dL, we should have found lower PCT levels in our study, as the authors have noted. In addition, the numerical values of PCT that we found in our study were also compatible with other studies reported in the literature as ng/ml.[2],[3],[4]

As noted, standard deviation values for PCT were quite high. However, we thought that it would be more appropriate to include all data into the analysis to avoid a possible bias in the study.

We certainly agree that serial measurement of PCT may be more valuable in predicting outcome in intensive care unit (ICU) patients.[5] Unfortunately, we could not get the data about serial PCT levels in all patients due to the retrospective design of our study.

The causes of sepsis and septic shock in 92 nonbacteremic groups were as follows: lower respiratory tract infections (56.5%), intra-abdominal infections (33.7%), skin and soft-tissue infections (9.8%), urinary tract infections (8.7%), and central nervous system infections (2.2%). Multiple foci of infection were detected in 9.8% of nonbacteremic patients. The major causes of death in patients with systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) were coronary heart disease and malignancy. The mortality rate may be relatively high due to the small number of SIRS patients in our study.

We found that 28-day mortality was higher in the nonbacteremic group than patients with bacteremia (P = 0.002). We thought that bacteremic patients had better survival due to the early initiation of antimicrobial therapy in the early period of ICU admission, and 28-mortality was higher in nonbacteremic patients due to the severity of illness such as acute coronary syndrome and terminal malignancy.

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Patnaik R, Azim A. Diagnostic value of procalcitonin in predicting bacteremia in İntensive Care Unit. Indian J Crit Care Med 2018;22:389.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Wacker C, Prkno A, Brunkhorst FM, Schlattmann P. Procalcitonin as a diagnostic marker for sepsis: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet Infect Dis 2013;13:426-35.  Back to cited text no. 2
Leli C, Ferranti M, Moretti A, Al Dhahab ZS, Cenci E, Mencacci A, et al. Procalcitonin levels in gram-positive, gram-negative, and fungal bloodstream infections. Dis Markers 2015;2015:701480.  Back to cited text no. 3
Su L, Feng L, Song Q, Kang H, Zhang X, Liang Z, et al. Diagnostic value of dynamics serum sCD163, sTREM-1, PCT, and CRP in differentiating sepsis, severity assessment, and prognostic prediction. Mediators Inflamm 2013;2013:969875.  Back to cited text no. 4
Schuetz P, Birkhahn R, Sherwin R, Jones AE, Singer A, Kline JA, et al. Serial procalcitonin predicts mortality in severe sepsis patients: Results from the multicenter procalcitonin MOnitoring SEpsis (MOSES) study. Crit Care Med 2017;45:781-9.  Back to cited text no. 5


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