Diagnostic value of pleural fluid N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide levels in patients with cardiovascular diseases.

@article{Liao2008DiagnosticVO,
  title={Diagnostic value of pleural fluid N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide levels in patients with cardiovascular diseases.},
  author={Huai Liao and Moon Jun Na and Oner Dikensoy and Kirk B. Lane and Barnette Randal and Richard W. Light},
  journal={Respirology},
  year={2008},
  volume={13 1},
  pages={53-7}
}
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE The diagnosis of the cause of pleural effusions caused by cardiovascular diseases such as congestive heart failure (CHF) and acute pulmonary embolism is sometimes difficult. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the utility of pleural fluid levels of N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) in differentiating pleural effusions due to CHF, pulmonary embolism and post-coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. METHODS The levels of pleural fluid… CONTINUE READING