The Mytest One Step Procalcitonin Test is a lateral flow chromatographic immunoassay for the detection of PCT in human serum, plasma or whole blood
It is used in identifying patients with sepsis and can be used in the diagnosis of bacterial infections
The Mytest One Step Procalcitonin Test is intended to be used as a screening test and as an aid in the diagnosis of infection with PCT
Specifications: ◦ Up to 96% Sensitivity ◦ Up to 98% Specificity ◦ No cross-reactivity with calcitonin ◦ No cross-reactivity with katacalcin ◦ Semi-quantitative detection ability - Included is a reference card depicting ranges used to indicate varying levels of PCT concentration
Kit contains: ◦ Mytest PCT Device individually foil pouched with a desiccant ◦ Package insert ◦ Sample Applicator (Optional)
Procalcitonin (PCT) is a biomarker that exhibits greater specificity than other proinflammatory markers (eg, cytokines) in identifying patients with sepsis and can be used in the diagnosis of bacterial infections
A procalcitonin test is used to help diagnose sepsis and other bacterial infections, such as meningitis. The test is helpful is diagnosing kidney infections in children with urinary tract infections.
Generally, high PCT levels are found in patients with severe sepsis and septic shock. The elevated as well as highly elevated level of PCT (>2 ng/mL or >10 ng/mL, respectively) is a sign of alarm indicating a high risk of organ dysfunction due to systemic inflammation and calls for immediate treatment of the patient.
The range for procalcitonin in children older than 72 hours and in adults, levels <0.15 ng/mL make a diagnosis of significant bacterial infection unlikely. Procalcitonin (ProCT) between 0.15 and 2.0 ng/mL do not exclude an infection, because localized infections (without systemic signs) may be associated with such low levels.