Review of inflammatory biomarkers in hospitalized adults with suspected infection

  • Mark Lacy
Keywords: Inflammatory disease, infection, biomarkers, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, ESR, c-reactive protein, CRP, procalcitonin, ferritin, acute phase reactants


Quantitative measurement of inflammatory biomarkers is frequently obtained in evaluating hospitalized patients with suspected or confirmed infections and other inflammatory disorders.  These markers may be used to establish a diagnosis or assess response to therapy.  Consensus on which marker to use and when to use them is not settled nor is the extent of how these indicators improve outcomes or quality of care.  The following is a brief review of the common inflammatory biomarkers and a suggested approach for their utilization.


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How to Cite
Lacy, M. (2018). Review of inflammatory biomarkers in hospitalized adults with suspected infection. The Southwest Respiratory and Critical Care Chronicles, 6(26), 4-9.