Pro-adrenomedullin usefulness in the management of children with community-acquired pneumonia, a preliminar prospective observational study

Abstract

In adult population with community acquired pneumonia high levels of pro-adrenomedullin (pro-ADM) have been shown to be predictors of worse prognosis. The role of this biomarker in pediatric patients had not been analyzed to date. The objective of this study is to know the levels of pro-ADM in children with community acquired pneumonia (CAP) and analyze the relation between these levels and the patients’ prognosis. Prospective observational study including patients attended in the emergency service (January to October 2009) admitted to hospital with CAP and no complications at admission. The values for pro-ADM were analyzed in relation to: need for oxygen therapy, duration of oxygen therapy, fever and antibiotic therapy, complications, admission to the intensive care unit, and length of hospital stay. Fifty patients were included. Ten presented complications (7 pleural effusion). The median level of pro-ADM was 1.0065 nmol/L (range 0.3715 to 7.2840 nmol/L). The patients presenting complications had higher levels of pro-ADM (2.3190 vs. 1.1758 nmol/L, p = 0.013). Specifically, the presence of pleural effusion was associated with higher levels of pro-ADM (2.9440 vs. 1.1373 nmol/L, p < 0.001). In our sample of patients admitted to hospital with CAP, pro-ADM levels are related to the development of complications during hospitalization.

DOI: 10.1186/1756-0500-5-363

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@inproceedings{Snchez2012ProadrenomedullinUI, title={Pro-adrenomedullin usefulness in the management of children with community-acquired pneumonia, a preliminar prospective observational study}, author={Marta Sard{\`a} S{\'a}nchez and Joan Calzada Hern{\'a}ndez and Susanna Hern{\'a}ndez-Bou and Gemma Claret Teruel and Jes{\'u}s Velasco Rodr{\'i}guez and Carles Luaces Cubells}, booktitle={BMC Research Notes}, year={2012} }