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Blood test can rule out serious infections in children

GPs can quickly detect serious infections in children using a simple decision rule and a finger prick blood test, say researchers
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GPs can quickly detect serious infections in children using a simple decision rule and a finger prick blood test, say researchers.

The team from the University of Leuven in Belgium, working with Ghent University and the University of Oxford, carried out a 1-year study involving more than 3,100 sick children in the Flanders region of Belgium.

Symptoms of serious infections, such as meningitis and pneumonia, can resemble common viral infections in the early stages.

‘As a result, serious infections tend to stay off the general practitioner’s radar for too long,’ said lead study author Dr Jan Verbakel. ‘We asked ourselves how rapid diagnostic tests might help solve this problem.’

The researchers used C-reactive protein (CRP) tests to identify infection. They said 5mg of CRP

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