Pro–Brain Natriuretic Peptide and Troponin T-Hypersensitivity Levels Correlate With the Severity of Liver Dysfunction in Liver Cirrhosis

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Abstract

Background

Increased pro–brain natriuretic peptide (pro-BNP) or troponin T-hypersensitivity (TnT-HSST) levels are common in liver cirrhosis. We conducted a retrospective observational study aimed to evaluate the correlation of pro-BNP and TnT-HSST levels with the clinical characteristics, laboratory data and in-hospital outcomes of patients with liver cirrhosis.

Materials and Methods

We selected cirrhotic patients admitted to our hospital between January 2011 and June 2014. All eligible patients had pro-BNP or TnT-HSST data, or both. The pro-BNP and TnT-HSST data were further divided according to the presence of cardiac diseases.

Results

The prevalence of pro-BNP level >900 pg/mL was 41.72% (63 of 151 patients). The prevalence of TnT-HSST level >0.05 ng/mL was 11.22% (45 of 401 patients). In the overall analysis, pro-BNP level significantly correlated with red blood cell (RBC), platelet, ascites, blood urea nitrogen (BUN), creatinine (Cr), Child-Pugh score, model for end-stage liver disease (MELD) score and in-hospital death; TnT-HSST level significantly correlated with white blood cell, ascites, albumin (ALB), BUN, Cr, Child-Pugh score, MELD score and in-hospital death. In patients with cardiac diseases, pro-BNP level significantly correlated with RBC, ascites, BUN, Cr, Child-Pugh score and MELD score; TnT-HSST level significantly correlated with sex, ascites, white blood cell, ALB, BUN, Cr, Child-Pugh score, MELD score and in-hospital death. In patients without cardiac diseases, pro-BNP level significantly correlated with ascites, RBC, platelet, BUN, Cr, MELD score and in-hospital death; TnT-HSST level significantly correlated with age, ascites, RBC, ALB, BUN, Cr, Child-Pugh score, MELD score and in-hospital death.

Conclusions

Pro-BNP and TnT-HSST levels significantly correlated with the severity of liver dysfunction and in-hospital mortality in cirrhosis.

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