OBJECTIVES:: Myocardial dysfunction is a frequent complication in patients with severe sepsis and can worsen the prognosis. We investigated whether circulating biomarkers related to myocardial function and injury predicted outcome and were associated with albumin replacement. DESIGN:: A multicenter, randomized clinical trial about albumin replacement in severe sepsis or septic shock (the Albumin Italian Outcome Sepsis trial). SETTING:: Forty ICUs in Italy. PATIENTS:: Nine hundred and ninety-five patients with severe sepsis or septic shock. INTERVENTIONS:: Randomization to albumin and crystalloid solutions or crystalloid solutions alone. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS:: Plasma concentrations of N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide and high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T were measured 1, 2, and 7 days after enrolment. We tested the relationship of single marker measurements or changes over time with clinical events, organ dysfunctions, albumin replacement, and ICU or 90-day mortality in the overall population and after stratification by shock. N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide levels were abnormal in 97.4% of the patients and high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T in 84.5%, with higher concentrations in those with shock. After extensive adjustments, N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide concentrations predicted ICU or 90-day mortality, better than high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T. Early changes in N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide or high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T concentrations were independently associated with subsequent mortality in patients with shock. Patients given albumin had significantly higher N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide levels; in addition, early rise in N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide was associated with a better outcome in this subgroup. CONCLUSIONS:: Circulating N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide and high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T are frequently elevated in severe sepsis or septic shock and have relevant prognostic value, which may be important in monitoring the clinical efficacy of supporting therapy.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine