N-terminal proB-type natriuretic peptide levels aid the diagnosis of left ventricular dysfunction in patients with severe acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and renal dysfunction.

@article{Ouanes2012NterminalPN,
  title={N-terminal proB-type natriuretic peptide levels aid the diagnosis of left ventricular dysfunction in patients with severe acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and renal dysfunction.},
  author={Islem Ouanes and Faten Jalloul and Samia Ayed and Fahmi Dachraoui and Lamia Ouanes-Besbes and Mohamed Fekih Hassen and Souheil Elatrous and Fekri Abroug},
  journal={Respirology},
  year={2012},
  volume={17 4},
  pages={660-6}
}
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to assess the performance of N-terminal proB-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) levels for the diagnosis of left ventricular dysfunction in patients with severe acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and renal dysfunction. METHODS NT-proBNP levels at admission were measured in consecutive patients admitted to two participating intensive care units with acute exacerbations of COPD. Left ventricular dysfunction… CONTINUE READING