NT-proBNP

Cleveland HeartLab Hypertension/Heart Failure, N, Test

NEW YORK DOH APPROVED: YES
CPT Code: 83880
Order Code: C125
ABN Requirement:  No
Synonyms: Brain Natriuretic Peptide; proBNP, N-terminal pro b-type natriuretic peptide
Specimen: Serum or EDTA Plasma
Volume: 0.5 mL
Minimum Volume: 0.2 mL
Container: Gel-barrier tube (SST, Tiger Top) or EDTA (Lavender Top) tube

Serum:

  1. Collect and label sample according to standard protocols.
  2. Gently invert tube 5 times immediately after draw. DO NOT SHAKE.
  3. Allow blood to clot 30 minutes.
  4. Centrifuge for 10 minutes.

Collection:

  1. Draw and gently invert 8 to 10 times.
  2. Centrifuge for 10 minutes.
  3. Pre-squeeze transfer pipet bulb and draw off approximately 2/3 of the upper plasma layer.
    Note: This ensures that the buffy coat and red cells remain undisturbed.
  4. Aliquot plasma into labeled transport tube and cap tightly. Discard original tube.
  5. Store transport tube refrigerated at 2-8°C until ready to ship.

Special Instructions: Samples should not be taken from patients receiving therapy with high biotin doses (>5 mg/day) until at least 8 hours following the last dose.

Transport:  Store serum or EDTA plasma at 2°C to 8°C after collection and ship the same day per packaging instructions provided with the Cleveland HeartLab shipping box.

Stability:

Ambient (15-25°C): 3 days
Refrigerated (2-8°C): 6 days
Frozen (-20°C): 24 months
Deep Frozen (-70°C): 24 months

Causes for Rejection: Specimens other than serum or EDTA plasma; improper labeling; samples not stored properly; samples older than stability limits

Methodology: Electrochemiluminescence Immunoassay (ECLIA)

Turn Around Time:  1 to 3 days

Relative risk:

Age Goal
pg/mL
High Risk
pg/mL
0-74 years <126 >125
≥75 years  <451 >450

Intended Use:  A NT-proBNP test may be used for the diagnosis and stratification of individuals with congestive heart failure, and for risk stratification of individuals with acute coronary syndromes.

Limitations: In rare cases, interference due to extremely high titers of antibodies to analyte-specific antibodies, streptavidin or ruthenium can occur.

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