Kenya Medical Laboratory Tests
Procalcitonin Test in Kenya
Brief DescriptionThis test measures level of procalcitonin in blood"," for patients suspected to have serious infections or sepsis.
Patient PreparationPatient should not be under biotin supplement for at least 72 hours before the sample collection is done.
Sample TypeSerum or plasma"," frozen
Sample volume0.8 mL
Sample collection ContainerRed-top tube"," gel-barrier tube"," green-top (lithium heparin) tube"," or lavender-top (EDTA) tube
Sample collection instructionsPlasma and serum should be separated and transferred to plastic tubes before freezing.
Sample storageStable at room temperature for 24 hours"," refrigerated for 48 hours"," frozen for 3 months
Reference range<0. 1ng/mL
Results Turnaround2-3 days after receipt of samples
Diseases / Diagnostic IndicatorsHigh procalcitonin levels increases risks for sepsis and septic shock"," and are associated with local or systemic bacterial infections.