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Evaluation of pleural fluid human epididymis 4 (HE4) as a marker of malignant pleural effusion.
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PMID:  22684816     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Pleural effusion is a commonly encountered problem in clinical practice, and pleural fluid analysis is usually the first step towards identifying the underlying etiology. Numerous studies have been published analyzing the potential utility of measuring biomarkers in pleural fluid as possible indicators of a malignant effusion; however, there are no studies that have examined the presence of human epididymis 4 (HE4) in pleural effusions. The aims of this study were to assess pleural effusion and serum concentrations of HE4 in patients with different types of pleural effusions and to evaluate the diagnostic performance of HE4 in detecting malignant pleural effusion. A prospective cohort study was carried out of 88 consecutive patients presenting with pleural effusions. The patients were divided into three groups: 22 patients with transudative effusions, 32 patients with non-malignant exudative effusions, and 34 patients with malignant pleural effusions. Blood and pleural fluid HE4 levels were measured using immunoassay. Both serum HE4 levels and pleural effusion HE4 levels were significantly higher in patients with malignant effusions than in patients with transudative or non-malignant exudative effusions. A pleural fluid HE4 cutoff value of 1,675 pmol/L was found to predict malignant pleural effusions with a diagnostic sensitivity of 85.3 % and specificity of 90.7 %. The current study reports a novel finding of increased serum and pleural fluid HE4 levels in patients with malignant effusions compared to non-malignant effusions. This finding has the potential to strengthen the diagnostic performance of tumor markers in detecting malignant pleural effusions.
Mohamed Y Elsammak; Adel Attia; Hoda A Hassan; Taysser M Zaytoun; Mahmoud Shorman; Moosa Suleman
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-6-9
Journal Detail:
Title:  Tumour biology : the journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1423-0380     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
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Created Date:  2012-6-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8409922     Medline TA:  Tumour Biol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Chemical Pathology, King Fahad Specialist Hospital Dammam, Dammam, 31444, Saudi Arabia,
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