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NT-proBNP levels might predict outcomes in severe sepsis, but renal function cannot be ignored

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The original article was published in Critical Care 2019 23:230

We read with great interest the article by Carlo Custodero et al. recently published in Critical Care [1]. The authors concluded that NT-proBNP levels during the acute phase of sepsis may be a useful indicator of higher risk of long-term impairments in physical function and muscle strength in sepsis survivors. However, the article overlooks the association of NT-proBNP and renal function in septic patients. Studies have shown that acute kidney injury is a common complication of sepsis and is significantly associated with mortality [2, 3], whereas the studies by Gergei et al. [4] and Roberts et al. [5] indicated that NT-proBNP plasma level has shown an exponential increase with declining glomerular filtration rate. Thus, it did not seem persuasive that NT-proBNP could completely predict outcomes without adjusting for the covariate of renal function. We suggest the relationship of the NT-proBNP levels during the acute phase of sepsis and physical function and muscle strength outcomes in sepsis survivors be stratified based on the renal function.

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JRY and XTX designed the paper. QRL edited the English text of a draft of this manuscript. All authors participated in the drafting and reviewing. All authors read and approved the final version of the manuscript.

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Ye, J., Liang, Q. & Xi, X. NT-proBNP levels might predict outcomes in severe sepsis, but renal function cannot be ignored. Crit Care 23, 341 (2019) doi:10.1186/s13054-019-2615-2

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