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C-reactive protein in the emergency department
  1. E Smith
  1. Correspondence to:
 E Smith
 Emergency Department, Poole Hospital, Longfleet Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 2JB, UK; edsmith{at}

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I read with interest the report of a case of pneumococcal meningitis presenting as ankle pain.1 Although it discussed the management of an interesting and highly unusual patient, I found it hard to follow the logic of the conclusion that “CRP is an important investigation for emergency departments”.

As the authors state, C-reactive protein (CRP) is an acute phase protein. Levels of CRP are elevated in …

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