Brain natriuretic peptide
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- Biologically active metabolite of proBNP (released from ventricles in response to increased volume/pressure)
- Utility is controversial and may not affect patient centered outcomes
- May be trended to gauge treatment response in acute decompensated CHF
- May have false negative with isolated diastolic dysfunction
- N-terminal proBNP is a biologically inert metabolite of proBNP
Indications for Use
- American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, Heart Failure Society of America guidelines as of May 2017
- BNP should be measured in patients presenting with dyspnea to help diagnose or exclude heart failure
- BNP or nt-pro-BNP should be measured to determine prognosis or disease severity in chronic heart failure
- Baseline BNP, cardiac troponin, or both should be measured upon hospital admission to determine prognosis in patients with acutely decompensated heart failure
- <100 pg/mL: Negative for acute CHF (Sn 90%, NPV 89%)
- 100-500 pg/mL: Indeterminate (Consider differential diagnosis and pre-test probability)
- >500 pg/mL: Positive for acute CHF (Sp 87%, PPV 90%)
- Combination of BNP with clinician judgment 94% sensitive 70% specific (compared to 49% sn and 96% spec clinical judgement alone) 
- <300 pg/mL → CHF unlikely
- CHF likely in:
- >450 pg/mL in age < 50 years old
- >900 pg/mL in 50-75 years old
- >1800 pg/mL in > 75 years old
Special Patient Populations
BNP In Obese Patients
- Visceral fat expansion leads to increased clearance of active natriuretic peptides
- Obese patients also frequently treated for hypertension or coronary artery disease which may also contribute to lower BNP levels
- In one study of 204 patients with acute CHF, an inverse relationship between BMI and BNP was noted. The standard cutoff of 100pg/mL resulted in a 20% false-negative rate
- Analysis of a subgroup of patients with documented BMI from the Breathing Not Properly study showed that a lower cutoff was more appropriate to maintain 90% sensitivity in obese and morbidly obese patients (54pg/mL)
- CHF/ACS/Cardiogenic shock
- Pulmonary embolism
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Renal failure
- Left ventricular hypertrophy
- Subarachnoid hemorrhage
- Liver cirrhosis
- Pediatric Emergency Playbook Podcast: Big Labs, Little People
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