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Significance of NT-pro-BNP in acute exacerbation of COPD patients without underlying left ventricular dysfunction

Authors Adrish M, Nannaka VB, Cano EJ, Bajantri B, Diaz-Fuentes G

Received 17 February 2017

Accepted for publication 27 March 2017

Published 13 April 2017 Volume 2017:12 Pages 1183—1189

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/COPD.S134953

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Muhammad Adrish,1 Varalaxmi Bhavani Nannaka,2 Edison J Cano,3 Bharat Bajantri,1 Gilda Diaz-Fuentes1

1Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, 2Department of Critical Care Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, The University Hospital for Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 3Department of Medicine, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Bronx, NY, USA

Background: B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) and the N-terminal fragment of pro-BNP (NT-pro-BNP) are established biomarkers of heart failure. Increased levels of natriuretic peptide (NP) have been associated with poor outcomes in acute exacerbation of COPD (AECOPD); however, most studies did not address the conditions that can also increase NT-pro-BNP levels. We aimed to determine if NT-pro-BNP levels correlate with outcomes of AECOPD in patients without heart failure and other conditions that can affect NT-pro-BNP levels.
Methods: We conducted a retrospective study in patients hospitalized for AECOPD with available NT-pro-BNP levels and normal left ventricular ejection fraction. We compared patients with normal and elevated NT-pro-BNP levels and analyzed the clinical and outcome data.
Results: A total of 167 of 1,420 (11.7%) patients met the study criteria. A total of 77% of male patients and 53% of female patients had elevated NT-pro-BNP levels (P=0.0031). NT-pro-BNP levels were not associated with COPD severity and comorbid illnesses. Log-transformed NT-pro-BNP levels were positively associated with echocardiographically estimated right ventricular systolic pressure (r=0.3658; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.2060–0.5067; P<0.0001). Patients with elevated NT-pro-BNP levels were more likely to require intensive care (63% vs 43%; P=0.0207) and had a longer hospital length of stay (P=0.0052). There were no differences in the need for noninvasive positive pressure ventilation (P=0.1245) or mechanical ventilation (P=0.9824) or in regard to in-hospital mortality (P=0.5273).
Conclusion: Patients with AECOPD and elevated NT-pro-BNP levels had increased hospital length of stay and need for intensive care. Based on our study, serum NT-pro-BNP levels cannot be used as a biomarker for increased mortality or requirement for invasive or noninvasive ventilation in this group of patients.

Keywords: acute exacerbation of COPD, NT-pro-BNP, natriuretic peptide, COPD

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