Saturday, October 11, 2008

Is an MI lurking in your pneumonia patient?

In a single center study from the Veterans Hospital of Louisville, Kentucky:

At hospital admission, AMI was present in 13 (15%) of 86 patients with severe CAP. During hospitalization, AMI was present in 13 (20%) of 65 patients who experienced clinical failure.

Troponin elevation is a common occurrence in a variety of critical illnesses, a topic I reviewed here. It’s a poorly understood phenomenon and may not always represent MI.

H/T to Today’s Hospitalist.

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