Procalcitonin measurements and non-invasive mechanical ventilation in acute exacerbation of COPD: an appropriate new tool?

Antonio M. Esquinas


Hospitalization of acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (Ae-COPD) is a common health care problem. In last decades, non-invasive mechanical ventilation (NIV) is a key cornerstone therapeutic element that have shown influence positively short and long term outcomes in Ae-COPD. Recently, incorporation of new biomarkers as procalcitonin (PCT) to predict requirement of NIV in Ae-COPD is an attractive tool to guide a proper making decision regarding indication of NIV is  scarce.


Hospitalization, ventilation, pulmonary disease

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