Pathology Handbook

Procalcitonin

Synonyms

Clinical Indications

ONLY of use in the investigation of sepsis and to aid clinical decision as to the use of Xigris. 

Request Form 

Request on ICE

Availability

This test is restricted to ITU, SCBU and HDU.  Samples from other wards will only be tested if the patient has been discussed with the Duty Biochemist

Specific Criteria

Only for the diagnosis of sepsis

Turnaround Time

Same day 

Specimen

Serum; Yellow top (SST) tube or Red Top. Plasma can also be used (green or mint green top sample).

Volume

2 mL

Container

Vacutainer gold top

Collection

Samples should be transported to laboratory as soon as possible

Causes for Rejection

Unlabelled sample
Not meeting clinical criteria for testing

Reference Range

<0.5 ng/mL

Levels of ≥10 ng/mL are associated with severe sepsis.

The assay is semi-quantitative.