Use of procalcitonin as an early inflammatory marker in the detection of intestinal anastomotic leak in the coloproctology service of a high level of complexity hospital in Bogotá, Colombia

  • Navarrete, Elkin Eduardo Benítez (PI)
  • Garcia, Tatiana Carolina Beltran (CoI)
  • Mosquera, María Fernanda (CoI)
  • Rojas, Valeria Martinez (CoI)
  • Medina, Daniel Alejandro Buitrago (CoI)
  • Figueroa-Avendano, Carlos (CoI)

Project Details


Anastomotic leak is a complication of intestinal anastomoses that despite perioperative preventive measures, has an incidence of 2%−7% in experienced centers. In order to achieve early detection of intestinal fistula, different diagnostic methods have been investigated, without achieving the expected efficacy. In recent years, the most commonly used serological markers for this purpose are C Reactive
Protein (PCR) and Procalcitonin.
This study aims to estimate the association between procalcitonin (≥ 2 ng/dL)
as an early inflammatory marker and intestinal anastomotic leakage in the Coloproctological Service of the Hospital Universitario Mayor − Mederi, between September 2017 and January 2019.
Effective start/end date1/04/181/02/20

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


  • Anastomotic fistula
  • Colorectal surgery
  • Procalcitonin
  • Early detection


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