Serum procalcitonin as an independent diagnostic markers of bacteremia in febrile patients with hematologic malignancies

Autoři: Mina Yang aff001;  Seung Jun Choi aff003;  Jaewoong Lee aff001;  Dong Gun Lee aff004;  Yoon-Joo Kim aff005;  Yeon-Joon Park aff001;  Eun-Jee Oh aff001
Působiště autorů: Department of Laboratory Medicine, Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea aff001;  Department of Laboratory Medicine, Samsung Changwon Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Changwon, Korea aff002;  Department of Laboratory Medicine, Severance Hospital, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea aff003;  Department of Internal Medicine, Division of infection, Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea aff004;  EONE Laboratories, Incheon, Korea aff005
Vyšlo v časopise: PLoS ONE 14(12)
Kategorie: Research Article



Serum procalcitonin (PCT) and C-reactive protein (CRP) are biomarkers of infection. In patients with hematologic disorders with or without hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), it is difficult to distinguish bloodstream infections from aseptic causes of febrile episodes. The objective of this study was to investigate diagnostic values of PCT and CRP in predicting systemic bacterial infection in patients with hematologic malignancies.


Clinical and laboratory data of 614 febrile episode cases from 511 patients were analyzed. Febrile episodes were classified into four groups: (1) culture-positive bacterial infection by Gram-positive cocci (GPC), (2) culture-positive bacterial infection by Gram-negative bacilli (GNB), (3) fungal infection, and (4) viral infection or a noninfectious etiology.


Of 614 febrile cases, systemic bacterial infections were confirmed in 99 (16.1%) febrile episodes, including 38 (6.2%) GPC and 61 (9.9%) GNB infections. PCT levels were significantly higher in GNB infectious episodes than those in febrile episodes caused by fungal infection (0.58 ng/mL (95% CI: 0.26–1.61) vs. 0.22 ng/mL (0.16–0.38), P = 0.047). Bacterial infectious episodes showed higher PCT and CRP levels than non-bacterial events (PCT: 0.49 (0.26–0.93) ng/mL vs. 0.20 (0.18–0.22) ng/mL, P < 0.001; CRP: 76.6 (50.5–92.8) mg/L vs. 58.0 (51.1–66.5) mg/L, P = 0.036). For non-neutropenic febrile episodes, both PCT and CRP discriminated bacteremia from non-bacteremia. However, in neutropenic febrile episodes, PCT only distinguished bacteremia from non-bacteremia. In non-neutropenic episode, both PCT and CRP showed good diagnostic accuracy (AUC: 0.757 vs. 0.763). In febrile neutropenia, only PCT discriminated bacteremia from non-bacterial infection (AUC: 0.624) whereas CRP could not detect bacteremia (AUC: 0.500, 95% CI: 0.439–0.561, P > 0.05).


In this single-center observational study, PCT was more valuable than CRP for discriminating between bacteremia and non-bacteremia independent of neutropenia or HSCT.

Klíčová slova:

Bacteremia – Bacterial diseases – Cancer detection and diagnosis – Diagnostic medicine – Etiology – Hematologic cancers and related disorders – Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation – Neutropenia


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