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Volume 24, Issue 9-10 (Oct 2011)


Early cardiac abnormalities and serum N-terminal pro B-type natriuretic peptide levels in obese children

Fatih Battal / Bahri Ermis / Ziyaeddin Aktop / Murat Can / Fatma Demirel
  • Department of Pediatric Endocrinology, Ankara Children’s Health and Diseases Hematology Oncology Hospital, Ankara, Turkey
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Published Online: 2011-08-25 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/JPEM.2011.285


Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate early cardiac abnormalities in obese children by the conventional echocardiography and to verify whether N-terminal pro B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) differ between obese and healthy children.

Methods: We started this study with 68 obese children and 35 healthy controls matched for age and sex. Body mass index (BMI) was calculated. Children with a BMI≥95th percentile were considered obese. Thirty children in the obese group were also diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, according to the International Diabetes Federation criteria. Standard echocardiographic study was performed on each patient and control subject. Diastolic filling parameters were evaluated using pulsed-wave tissue Doppler method. Blood samples were taken at 8 a.m. to study blood biochemistry tests, including insulin, lipids, glucose, and NT-proBNP. Serum NT-proBNP levels were measured by a solid-phase, enzyme-labeled chemiluminescent immunometric assay. Homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) was calculated. Children with HOMA-IR >3.16 were considered insulin-resistant.

Results: There were diastolic filling abnormalities in obese children, as shown by a decreased mitral valve early filling (E) wave/late filling (A) ratio and a prolongation in E-wave deceleration time. The levels of NT-proBNP were not statistically different among the groups. The levels of NT-proBNP were not different between obese children with and without metabolic syndrome, those with and without hypertension, and those with and without insulin resistance, respectively.

Conclusion: Although there were diastolic filling abnormalities in obese children, their NT-proBNP levels were not different from healthy controls. It seems that there is no diagnostic value in NT-proBNP levels between obese children and healthy controls

Keywords: cardiac diastolic filling abnormalities; children; echocardiography; obesity; hypertension; N-terminal pro B-type natriuretic peptide

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Corresponding author: Bahri Ermis, MD, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, Sakarya University, Esentepe Kampusu, 54187 Serdivan, Sakarya, Turkey Phone: +90 264 2956630, Fax: +90 264 2956629

Published Online: 2011-08-25

Published in Print: 2011-10-01

Citation Information: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism, ISSN (Online) 2191-0251, ISSN (Print) 0334-018X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/JPEM.2011.285.

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