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Comment & Response
June 2016

Use of Procalcitonin Assays to Predict Serious Bacterial Infection in Young Febrile Infants—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Antoine Béclère University Hospital, Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris, Clamart, France
  • 2Université Paris-Sud, INSERM, CESP Centre for Research in Epidemiology and Population Health, Villejuif, France
JAMA Pediatr. 2016;170(6):623-624. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.0385

In Reply We thank Britton and Antoon and Steiner for their comments that gave us the opportunity to clarify a number of points on our work. First, we confirm that bacterial meningitis, bacteremia, and urinary tract infection were mutually exclusive and that of the 8 cases of bacterial meningitis, 2 had associated bacteremia (both with the same organism as in the cerebrospinal fluid) and 2 had a urinary tract infection (1 with the same organism as in the cerebrospinal fluid and 1 with a different organism). Of the 13 cases of bacteremia, 8 had also a urinary tract infection.

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