Elevations of B-type natriuretic peptide in pulmonary embolism: A case series

Robert N. Bilkovski, Erik B. Kulstad

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The use of B-type natriuretic peptide to diagnose congestive heart failure is becoming more frequent and widespread. We report five patients recently seen at our hospital who were diagnosed with pulmonary embolism and noted to have elevated B-type natriuretic peptide levels. We caution that elevations of B-type natriuretic peptide may in some patients have the potential to mislead clinicians if the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism is not considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)415-420
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2003


  • B-Type Natriuretic Peptide
  • BNP
  • Cardiac hormone
  • Heart failure
  • Pulmonary embolism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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