Objective: To evaluate the clinical and prognostic utility of procalcitonin (PCT), C-reactive protein (CRP), and lactic acid in children admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) of a university teaching hospital. Materials and Methods: Medical records of children (1 month-16 years) tested for serum PCT at the time of admission in the PICU of our hospital from July 1, 2013, to January 15, 2015, were reviewed. Within 24 h of admission, the Pediatric Risk of Mortality Score, blood cultures, white blood cell count, neutrophil counts, serum CRP, plasma lactic acid, and PCT were noted. Patient outcome was assessed at hospital discharge, and the patients were divided into nonsurvivors and survivors. Results: A total of 167 children being admitted to the PICU were enrolled. The median age of the study population was 3 years (0-16 years), with 58.6% being males. Nonsurvivors had significantly higher lactic acid (4.7 mmol/L [2.07-7.6]; P < 0.05) than that of the survivors (2 mmol/L [1.3-3]; P < 0.05). In addition, nonsurvivors (94.4%; P < 0.05) had greater incidence of multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS) than that of the survivors (38.05%; P < 0.05). Binary logistic regression showed age, MODS, and lactic acid to be associated with mortality. Conclusions: This study found that in comparison to PCT and CRP, high plasma lactic acid levels are associated with the development of all-cause MODS and worse outcome in critically ill children admitted in PICU. Prediction of prognosis based on the lactic acid alone may contribute to improve patient management, but further studies are required to endorse our findings.
- Critical care
- intensive care units