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Table 1 Patient characteristics and infection markers early after minor or major severe mechanical trauma

From: Correlation of procalcitonin and C-reactive protein to inflammation, complications, and outcome during the intensive care unit course of multiple-trauma patients

  Injury Severity Score <20 Injury Severity Score ≥20 P, Mann–Whitney U test
Group characteristic 31 patients; Injury Severity Score, 14 ± 4 59 patients; Injury Severity Score, 30 ± 9  
Age (mean ± standard deviation) 28 ± 14 31 ± 17 >0.9
Gender (male/female) 21/10 40/19 >0.9
Lethal outcome (n) 0 15 <0.01
Initial procalcitonin (0–48 hours) (median, quartiles) (ng/ml) 0.52 (<0.3 to 1.1) 2.43 (0.79–5.16) <0.01
Initial C-reactive protein (0–72 hours) (median, quartiles) (mg/l) 126 (65–151) 120 (82–169) <0.17