C-reactive protein as an inflammatory marker of acute infections outside intensive care settings: case report and evidence-based literature review

  • Alcino Pires Gama Faculdade de Medicina - Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo/SP - Brasil
  • Itamar de Souza Santos Faculdade de Medicina - Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo/SP, Brasil
  • Rodrigo Diaz Olmos Divisão de Clínica Médica do Hospital Universitário da Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo/SP, Brasil
  • Lucia Mendes de Oliveira Pinto Divisão de Clínica Médica do Hospital Universitário da USP
  • Isabela Judith Martins Benseñor Faculdade de Medicina - Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo/SP - Brasil
  • Paulo Andrade Lotufo Faculdade de Medicina - Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo/SP - Brasil
Keywords: C-reactive protein, Internal medicine, Diagnostic techniques and procedures

Abstract

We present the clinical case of a 76-year-old woman with delirium caused
by multiple factors, including pneumonia. Although this type of case is quite
common in clinical practice, it provides us with an opportunity to discuss
laboratory testing in this context, with a special focus on the role of C-reactive
protein (CRP). We present data regarding the requests for determination of
serum CRP levels at the University of São Paulo University Hospital over
the past few years. We also present a review of the medical literature on the
topic, as well as clinical epidemiology concepts related to the impact that CRP
testing has on the medical decision-making process.

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Published
2011-12-20
How to Cite
Gama, A., Santos, I., Olmos, R., Pinto, L., Benseñor, I., & Lotufo, P. (2011). C-reactive protein as an inflammatory marker of acute infections outside intensive care settings: case report and evidence-based literature review. Autopsy and Case Reports, 1(4), 3-9. https://doi.org/10.4322/acr.%y.26070
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