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Iranian Journal of Pediatrics
Tehran University of Medical Sciences Press
ISSN: 1018-4406
EISSN: 1018-4406
Vol. 24, No. 6, 2014, pp. 769-772
Bioline Code: pe14126
Full paper language: English
Document type: Short Communication
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Iranian Journal of Pediatrics, Vol. 24, No. 6, 2014, pp. 769-772

 en Usefulness of Serum Brain Natriuretic Peptide Level for Screening Hemodynamically Significant Patent Ductus Arteriosus in Preterm Neonates
Khosroshahi, Ahmad Jameii; Kianfar, Ali; Aharanjani, Behzad Mohammadpour & Zanjani, Keyhan Sayadpour


Objective: We studied usefulness of serum B-type natriuretic peptide level as a screening tool for detecting hemodynamically significant patent ductus arteriosus in the preterm neonates.
Methods: Sixty admitted preterm neonates with gestational age ≤34 weeks, birth weight ≤2500 gr, and age of >3 days have been enrolled in this study. We measured serum B-type natriuretic peptide levels at the beginning and after completion of drug therapy for ductus occlusion.
Findings: Mean±SD gestational age and weight was 31±1.9 weeks and 1680±350 gr, respectively. The peptide levels in the neonates with significant duct (n=13) were significantly higher than in those with insignificant duct (n=17) or no duct (n=30) (1667±821 pg/ml versus 667±666 and 309±171, respectively). The peptide level dropped significantly after ibuprofen administration in the neonates with significant PDA (n=13), (1667±1165 pg/ml to 429±386).
Conclusion: At a cutoff point of 450 pg/ml, B-type natriuretic peptide level had a sensitivity of 92% and specificity of 87%, the negative predictive value of 98.5%, the positive likelihood ratio of 6.92 and the negative likelihood ratio of 0.089 for detecting significant patent duct. Levels below this can eliminate the need for echocardiography.

Brain natriuretic peptide; Patent Ductus Arteriosus; Echocardiography; Ibuprofen

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