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Early NT-proBNP Is Able to Predict Spontaneous Closure of Patent Ductus Arteriosus in Preterm Neonates, But Not the Need of Its Treatment.
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PMID:  21656237     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The objective of this study was to establish the potential utility of N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) in the management of patent ductus arteriosus (PDA). This was a monocentric prospective blind study that was conducted in a referral neonatal intensive care unit. The patients were very low-birth-weight/gestational-age neonates. Babies with cardiac congenital anomaly other than PDA, life-threatening congenital malformation, severe asphyxia at birth, persistent pulmonary hypertension, and death within the first week of life were excluded. Plasma NT-proBNP concentrations were determined on days 2, 4, and 7 of life. Echocardiography was performed on days 4 and 7. Results were blinded to clinicians. Only echographic results were available upon request. Thirty-one infants were included. NT-proBNP levels were significantly correlated to ductal size and to left atrial-to-aortic diameter ratio. The median NT-proBNP on both days 2 and 4 was significantly higher in neonates with later treated or persistent PDA. A level above 10.000 pg/mL at 48 h of age yielded a 100% positive and a 87% negative predictive value to exclude spontaneous ductal closure. However, no NT-proBNP threshold could predict which PDA would be judged necessary to treat. It was concluded that early low NT-proBNP values can be used as a reliable independent marker to predict spontaneous ductal closure in preterm neonates. Yet, high NT-proBNP levels should not be used to guide the decision to treat PDA, the risk being of treating many bystanding PDAs.
D Martinovici; S Vanden Eijnden; P Unger; B Najem; B Gulbis; Y Maréchal
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-6-9
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatric cardiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1432-1971     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Jun 
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Created Date:  2011-6-9     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8003849     Medline TA:  Pediatr Cardiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, ULB-Erasme Hospital, 808 Route de Lennik, 1070, Brussels, Belgium,
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