Circulating biomarkers in chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension

Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) is a serious condition characterized with chronic organized thrombi that obstruct the pulmonary vessels, leading to pulmonary hypertension (PH) and ultimately right heart failure. Although CTEPH is the only form of PH that can be cured with surgical intervention, not all patients with CTEPH will be deemed operable. Some CTEPH patients still have a poor prognosis. Therefore, the determination of diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers of CTEPH is of great importance for the early intervention to improve prognosis of patients with CTEPH. Several markers related to multiple mechanisms of CTEPH have been recently identified as circulating diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers in these patients. However, the existing literature review of biomarkers of CTEPH is relatively sparse. In this article, we review recent advances in circulating biomarkers of CTEPH and describe future applications of these biomarkers in the management of CTEPH.

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Meng Zhang, Yunxia Zhang, Wenyi Pang, Zhenguo Zhai, Chen Wang

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Pulmonary Circulation Vol 9: No 2 cover image

June 2019

Pulmonary Circulation Vol 9: No 2

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