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NT-proBNP, blood

Alternate test name

N-terminal pro B-type natriuretic peptide.

Lab area
Clinical Biochemistry - General
Method and equipment

Abbott Ci4100

Expected turn-around time
Stat: 1 hour Urgent: 3 hours Routine: 24 hours
Specimen type

Serum or plasma

Specimen requirements

SST is preferred, PST is acceptable

Storage and transportation


Shipping information
The Hospital for Sick Children
Rapid Response Laboratory
555 University Avenue, Room 3642
Toronto, ON
M5G 1X8
Phone: 416-813-7200
Toll Free: 1-855-381-3212
Hours: 7 days/week, 24 hours/day
Background and clinical significance

NT-proBNP is a biomarker useful in the investigation and assessment of heart failure and cardiac dysfunction.  Levels become elevated in response to stretching of cardiac myocytes and volume overload.

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