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Medicine (Baltimore). 2014 Dec;93(27):e256. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000000256.

CT-base pulmonary artery measurement in the detection of pulmonary hypertension: a meta-analysis and systematic review.

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From the Department of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, West China Hospital of Sichuan University and Division of Pulmonary Diseases, State Key Laboratory of Biotherapy of China, Chengdu 610041, China.


To summarize the performance of CT-based main pulmonary artery diameter or pulmonary artery to aorta ratio (PA:A ratio) measurement in detection of pulmonary hypertension by a systematic review and meta-analysis. A comprehensive literature search was performed to identify studies determining diagnostic accuracy of main pulmonary artery diameter or PA:A ratio measurement for pulmonary hypertension. The Quality Assessment of Diagnostic Accuracy Studies tool was used to assess the quality of the included studies. A bivariate random-effects model was used to pool sensitivity, specificity, positive/negative likelihood ratio (PLR/NLR), and diagnostic odds ratio (DOR). Summary receiver operating characteristic (SROC) curves and area under the curve (AUC) were used to summarize overall diagnostic performance. This meta-analysis included 20 publications involving 2134 subjects. Summary estimates for main pulmonary artery diameter measurement in the diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension were as follows: sensitivity, 0.79 (95% CI 0.72-0.84); specificity, 0.83 (95% CI 0.75-0.89); PLR, 4.68 (95% CI 3.13-6.99); NLR, 0.26 (95% CI 0.20-0.33); DOR, 18.13 (95% CI 10.87-30.24); and AUC 0.87. The corresponding summary performance estimates for using the PA:A ratio were as follows: sensitivity, 0.74 (95% CI 0.66-0.80); specificity, 0.81 (95% CI 0.74-0.86); PLR, 3.83 (95% CI, 2.70-5.43); NLR, 0.33 (95% CI 0.24-0.44); DOR, 11.77 (95% CI 6.60-21.00); and AUC 0.84. Both main pulmonary artery diameter and PA:A ratio are helpful for diagnosing pulmonary hypertension. Nevertheless, the results of pulmonary artery measurement should be interpreted in parallel with the results of traditional tests such as echocardiography.

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