Brain-type natriuretic peptide levels and invasive hemodynamic parameters in dialysis dependent patients

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      Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is associated with increased mortality in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). The prevalence of PH within ESRD as measured by right heart catheterization (RHC) is poorly described, and the correlation of BNP to pulmonary artery pressure (PAP) is unknown.


      The renal transplant database at our center was used to identify adult ESRD patients from July 2013 to July 2015 who had a plasma BNP level measurement and invasive hemodynamic assessment by RHC within a 1-month period. Pulmonary hypertension was defined as a mean pulmonary artery pressure (PAP) ≥ 25 mmHg. Multivariate linear regression analysis was used to identify correlations between BNP and RHC parameters. To estimate the utility of BNP in the screening of PH, a receiver-operating characteristic (ROC) curve was generated.


      Eighty-eight patients were included in the study of which 43 had PH. Compared to patients without PH, BNP was significantly higher within the PH cohort (1619 ± 2602 pg/ml vs. 352 ± 491 pg/ml). A statistically significant association (r [86] = 0.60, p<0.001) between plasma BNP and mean PAP was identified. ROC curve indicated an acceptable predictive value of BNP in PH with a c-statistic of 0.800 (95% CI 0.708 – 0.892).


      In ESRD patients being considered for renal transplantation, PH is highly prevalent and BNP levels are elevated and significantly correlated with higher PAP. BNP may be a useful non-invasive marker of PH in these patients.

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