Tuesday, January 13, 2009

BNP, pro-BNP and PE outcomes

Elevations in BNP or pro-BNP in patients with acute PE are predictive of complications and mortality according to this meta-analysis. Implications for clinical practice, particularly how this marker complements the information gained from troponin testing and echocardiography, are not clear. But according to the At a Glance Commentary accompanying the article: Normal (NT-pro)BNP levels might be an indication for outpatient treatment. Or at least early discharge.

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