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Table 2 Laboratory findings of blood and cerebrospinal fluid (n = 50)

From: Serum procalcitonin in bacterial & non-bacterial meningitis in children

Lab parameter Group I Bacterial meningitis (n = 22) Group II Non-bacterial meningitis (n = 28) P value
Serum procalcitonin (PCT) (ng/ml) 2.86 ± 2.45 0.38 ± 0.24 < 0.001#
Total leukocyte count (TLC) per cubic milimetre (/mm3) 15,204.56 ± 8075.98 10,250 ± 4074.45 0.02#
Neutrophil (%) 53.45 ± 20.12 43.96 ± 15.43 0.06##
CSF
 TLC (/mm3) 28.59 ± 73.38 12.15 ± 18.55 0.427#
 Neutrophil (%) 41.05 ± 35.08 21.23 ± 26.44 0.056#
 Glucose (% of blood glucose) 42.18 ± 12.86 39.08 ± 14.79 0.75##
 Protein (mg/dl) 72.86 ± 50.55 41.04 ± 11.51 0.001#
  1. (#Mann Whitney U test; ##Independent sample t test)