Copeptin and arginine vasopressin concentrations in critically ill patients

Jochberger, Stefan; Morgenthaler, Nils G; Mayr, Viktoria D; Luckner, Günter; Wenzel, Volker; Ulmer, Hanno; Schwarz, Siegfried; Hasibeder, Walter R; Friesenecker, Barbara E; Dünser, Martin W (2006). Copeptin and arginine vasopressin concentrations in critically ill patients. Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism, 91(11), pp. 4381-6. Chevy Chase, Md.: Endocrine Society 10.1210/jc.2005-2830

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CONTEXT: Determination of arginine vasopressin (AVP) concentrations may be helpful to guide therapy in critically ill patients. A new assay analyzing copeptin, a stable peptide derived from the AVP precursor, has been introduced. OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to determine plasma copeptin concentrations. DESIGN: We conducted a post hoc analysis of plasma samples and data from a prospective study. SETTING: The setting was a 12-bed general and surgical intensive care unit (ICU) in a tertiary university teaching hospital. PATIENTS: Our subjects were 70 healthy volunteers and 157 ICU patients with sepsis, with systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS), and after cardiac surgery. INTERVENTIONS: There were no interventions. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Copeptin plasma concentrations, demographic data, AVP plasma concentrations, and a multiple organ dysfunction syndrome score were documented 24 h after ICU admission. RESULTS: AVP (P < 0.001) and copeptin (P < 0.001) concentrations were significantly higher in ICU patients than in controls. Patients after cardiac surgery had higher AVP (P = 0.003) and copeptin (P = 0.003) concentrations than patients with sepsis or SIRS. Independent of critical illness, copeptin and AVP correlated highly significantly with each other. Critically ill patients with sepsis and SIRS exhibited a significantly higher ratio of copeptin/AVP plasma concentrations than patients after cardiac surgery (P = 0.012). The American Society of Anesthesiologists' classification (P = 0.046) and C-reactive protein concentrations (P = 0.006) were significantly correlated with the copeptin/AVP ratio. CONCLUSIONS: Plasma concentrations of copeptin and AVP in healthy volunteers and critically ill patients correlate significantly with each other. The ratio of copeptin/AVP plasma concentrations is increased in patients with sepsis and SIRS, suggesting that copeptin may overestimate AVP plasma concentrations in these patients.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine and Anaesthesiology (DINA) > Clinic of Intensive Care

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Dünser, Martin Wolfgang






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04 Oct 2013 14:49

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