How are samples collected for procalcitonin (PCT) testing?

Updated: Jul 30, 2019
  • Author: Jiun-Lih Jerry Lin, MBBS, MS(Orth); Chief Editor: Eric B Staros, MD  more...
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Specifics for procalcitonin (PCT) collection and panels are as follows:

  • Specimen type: Blood serum
  • Container: Vacutainer, red top
  • Collection method: Venipuncture
  • Specimen volume: 0.5 mL

PCT levels can be measured via quantitative homogenous assay.

Related tests include complete blood cell (CBC) count, C-reactive protein (CRP), blood culture, and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) analysis.


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