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Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases

Print version ISSN 1413-8670On-line version ISSN 1678-4391


REQUEJO, Henry I. Z.  and  COCOZA, Ana Maria. C-reactive protein in the diagnosis of community-acquired pneumonia. Braz J Infect Dis [online]. 2003, vol.7, n.4, pp.241-244. ISSN 1678-4391.

Qualitative determination of C-reactive protein (CRP) was evaluated as a diagnostic method for community-acquired pneumonia. Paired serum and pleural fluid samples from child patients were examined with a CRP test, compared to bacterial cultures, counterimmunoelectrophoresis and immunoassay. The CRP test gave excellent parameters of sensitivity, specificity and predictive values for the diagnosis of bacterial pneumonia.

Keywords : C-reactive protein; community-acquired pneumonia; children.

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