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THE JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY
A Journal on Cardiac, Vascular and Thoracic Surgery
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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2003 April;44(2):191-6
Do we still need CK-MB in coronary artery bypass grafting surgery?
Bimmel D., Patermann B., Schlosser T., Winkler K., Tiemann K., Likungu J. A., Preusse C. J., Welz A.
Department of Cardiac Surgery, University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany
Aim. The aim of this study was to evaluate the role of cardiac Troponin I (cTnI) and CK-MB for early prediction of outcome of patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery.
Methods. In 134 consecutive patients undergoing CABG-surgery blood samples were analyzed for cTnI concentration and CK-MB activity. ECG, hemodynamic parameters and the need for inotropic support, were continuously registered. Patients were divided into group A (uneventful course), group B (ischemia by ECG, hemodynamic stability) and group C (ischemia by ECG and IABP).
Results. After removal of X-clamp an increase cTnI and CK-MB was observed in all patients. Five hrs after stop of CPB group A (8.3±4.2 µg/L) had lower cTnI values compared to group B (14.8±5.3 µg/L) (p=0.035) and C (54±22.8 µg/L) (p=0.023). The cut off value was 14.8 µg/L. Sensitivity and specificity (99%/97%) was higher for cTnI than for CK-MB (90%/30%). The positive predictive value of outcome was better for cTnI (86%) than for CK-MB (33%).
Conclusion. CTnI is a specific and sensitive marker for evaluation of perioperative myocardial ischemia (PMI). Additional determination of CK-MB activity does not provide further clinical information. CTnI should be the marker of first choice in CABG surgery.