Journal of Heart and Cardiology
Markedly Elevated Procalcitonin after Cardiac Arrest: A Case Report
Department of Internal Medicine, Loma Linda University Health, Loma Linda, CA, USA
Anthony Hilliard, Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, Loma Linda University Health, 11234 Anderson Street, Room 2438, Loma Linda, CA 92354, USA, Tel: 909 558-4498, E-mail: AAHilliard@llu.edu
Akamine C., et al. Markedly Elevated Procalcitonin after Cardiac Arrest: A Case Report. (2016) J Heart Cardiol 2(2): 94-95.
© 2016 Akamine C. This is an Open access article distributed under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
KeywordsIntra-aortic balloon pump; Coronary artery bypass grafting; Ventricular fibrillation
Background: Procalcitonin (PCT) is an amino acid prohormone of calcitonin that is released by various tissues in response to infection, systemic inflammation or sepsis. High levels of PCT have been described in circumstances other than sepsis or infection, including major surgery, trauma, acute coronary syndromes, cardiogenic shock and cardiac arrest[2,3].
Objective: To describe a patient with severely elevated procalcitonin levels after cardiac arrest and multiple external defibrillations as another diagnosis other than infection leading to its elevation.