New insight into the role of NT-proBNP in alcoholic liver cirrhosis as a noninvasive marker of esophageal varices

Ljubičić, Neven and Gomerčić, Marija and Zekanović, Dražen and Bodrožić-Džakić, Tomislava and Đuzel, Ana (2012) New insight into the role of NT-proBNP in alcoholic liver cirrhosis as a noninvasive marker of esophageal varices. Croatian Medical Journal, 53 (4). pp. 374-8. ISSN 0353-9504

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Abstract

AIM: To investigate the association between plasma concentrations of N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) and formation of esophageal varices. ----- METHODS: Thirty-five patients with alcoholic cirrhosis were divided into three groups according to the Child-Pugh classification: grade A (n=11, 32%), B (n=12, 34%), and C (n=12, 34%). System hemodynamic parameters were measured using sphygmomanometry, electrocardiography, and echocardiography. NT-proBNP was analyzed by using an electrochemiluminiscence sandwich immunoassay. ----- RESULTS: The presence of esophageal varices was associated with a higher serum NT-proBNP level, with a cut-off value of <101 pg/mL (sensitivity, 87.60% and specificity, 72.73%; P<0.001). ----- CONCLUSIONS: NT-proBNP was found to be a marker of the presence of esophageal varices, but not a marker of progression of liver cirrhosis. In cirrhotic patients, NT-proBNP value <101 pg/mL was shown to be a valuable noninvasive parameter in predicting the presence of varices.

Item Type: Article
Departments: Katedra za internu medicinu
Depositing User: Marijan Šember
Status: Published
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Ljubičić, NevenUNSPECIFIED
Gomerčić, MarijaUNSPECIFIED
Zekanović, DraženUNSPECIFIED
Bodrožić-Džakić, TomislavaUNSPECIFIED
Đuzel, AnaUNSPECIFIED
Date: August 2012
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2013 17:49
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2013 17:49
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URI: http://medlib.mef.hr/id/eprint/1733

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