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Blood Test can Determine Need for Antibiotics

by Rajashri on  September 10, 2009 at 12:02 AM General Health News   - G J E 4
 Blood Test can Determine Need for Antibiotics
A study from Switzerland says that a simple blood test can determine if a patient needs antibiotics. The study analyzed 1,400 patients with lower respiratory tract infections (LRTIs) who came to emergency rooms requiring antibiotics.
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The team randomly assigned these patients to receive antibiotics as per a procalcitonin or PCT test or started treatment based on standard guidelines. The test was provided by BRAHMS Inc., which manufactures it.

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Patients in the PCT group had a need for antibiotics for a shorter time as compared to the control group. The former also had less number of adverse events as compared to the latter.

"It certainly holds a lot of promise," said Dr. Donald M. Yealy, co-author of an editorial accompanying the study. "We need a way to make a better determination of need."

The details of the study appear in the September 9 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.


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