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Clin Chem. 2008 Aug;54(8):1339-48. doi: 10.1373/clinchem.2007.101691. Epub 2008 Jun 6.

N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) concentrations in hemodialysis patients: prognostic value of baseline and follow-up measurements.

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Nephrology, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.



Increased N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) concentrations are associated with increased cardiovascular mortality in chronic hemodialysis patients. Previous studies focused on prevalent dialysis patients and examined single measurements of NT-proBNP in time.


We measured NT-proBNP concentrations in 2990 incident hemodialysis patients to examine the risk of 90-day and 1-year mortality associated with baseline NT-proBNP concentrations. In addition, we calculated the change in concentrations after 3 months in a subset of 585 patients to examine the association between longitudinal changes in NT-proBNP and subsequent mortality.


Increasing quartiles of NT-proBNP were associated with a monotonic increase in 90-day [quartile 1, referent; from quartile 2 to quartile 4, hazard ratio (HR) 1.7-6.3, P < 0.001] and 1-year (quartile 1, referent; from quartile 2 to quartile 4, HR 1.7-4.9, P < 0.001) all-cause mortality. After multivariable adjustment, these associations remained robust. When examined using a multivariable fractional polynomial, increased NT-proBNP concentrations were associated with increased 90-day (HR per unit increase in log NT-proBNP 1.5, 95% CI 1.3-1.7) and 1-year (HR per unit increase in log NT-proBNP 1.4, 95% CI 1.3-1.5) all-cause mortality. In addition, patients with the greatest increase in NT-proBNP after 3 months of dialysis had a 2.4-fold higher risk of mortality than those with the greatest decrease in NT-proBNP.


NT-proBNP concentrations are independently associated with mortality in incident hemodialysis patients. Furthermore, the observation that longitudinal changes in NT-proBNP concentrations were associated with subsequent mortality suggests that monitoring serial NT-proBNP concentrations may represent a novel tool for assessing adequacy and guiding therapy in patients initiating hemodialysis.

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