Diagnostic value of pleural fluid N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide levels in patients with cardiovascular diseases


Liao H., Na M. J. , Dikensoy Ö. , Lane K. B. , Randal B., Light R. W.

RESPIROLOGY, vol.13, no.1, pp.53-57, 2008 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 13 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/j.1440-1843.2007.01191.x
  • Title of Journal : RESPIROLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.53-57

Abstract

Background and objective: The diagnosis of the cause of pleural effusions caused by cardiovascular diseases such as congestive heart failure (CHF) and acute pulmonary embolism is sometimes difficult. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the utility of pleural fluid levels of N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) in differentiating pleural effusions due to CHF, pulmonary embolism and post-coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery.