The prevalence of procalcitonin positivity in patients with severe Covid-19


  • Nawfal R Hussein Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Zakho, Duhok, Kurdistan Region, Iraq



Objectives: The aims of this paper were to characterize patients with severe Covid-19 and study the prevalence of positive procalcitonin test in those patients.

Methods: In this retrospective cross-sectional study, data were collected in infectious diseases clinic between June 2020 and July 2021. Real time polymerase chain reaction (RTPCR) was conducted to confirm the diagnosis of Covid-19. COBAS system was used to determine procalcitonin positivity following the instructions of manufacturer. 

Results: During the study period, 454 Covid-19 confirmed patients were referred to the clinic. Among those, 55/494 (11.13%) had severe covid-19 infection. Fever (89.1 %) was the most common clinical features followed by cough (29.1%) and shortness of breath (20%). In this project, we found 4/55 (7.27%) patients had elevated procalcitonin levels. High procalcitonin was not associated with clinical outcome (P=0.99).

Conclusions: In agreement with other studies, fever was the most common symptom in patients with severe Covid-19. Small number of the patients with severe Covis-19 showed elevated procalcitonin levels. This might indicate that antibiotics should not prescribed empirically to such patients. Further studies are needed to investigate this.



How to Cite

Hussein, N. R. (2022). The prevalence of procalcitonin positivity in patients with severe Covid-19. Journal of Contemporary Medical Sciences, 8(2).



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