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How Do Contrast Agents Affect Cardiac Markers and Coagulation Tests? Experimental Study

[ Vol. 22 , Issue. 5 ]


Mustafa Begenc Tascanov and Ataman Gönel*   Pages 355 - 360 ( 6 )


Background: The discovery that biotin interferes with results of troponin and Nt-proBNP led some commercial firms to update their measurement methods. In particular, the clinical incompatibility of cardiac test results may affect the risk of morbidity and mortality.

Objective: The aim of this study is to investigate the interference effects of 7 different contrast agents on cardiac markers (Troponin-I, Nt-proBNP, Mass CK-MB, CK, AST, LDH) and in coagulation tests (PT, APTT).

Methods: Seven different contrast media were added into control materials by using interference protocol. The concentrations of PT, APTT, CK, AST, LDH, Mass CK-MB, Troponin-I, and Nt-proBNP were measured by Sysmex CS-2100, Abbott c16000, Siemens Centaur XP and AFİAS-6 analyzer. The number of deviations from target values was calculated.

Results: The 7 different contrast media caused negative interference in troponin levels between 57.43% and 62.87%. It was found that different contrast media produced false negativity in the Nt-proBNP test, ranging from 6.11% to 96.01%. Enzymes and coagulation tests were less affected.

Conclusion: Different contrast media may cause false negatives in cTnI and Nt-proBNP. The contrast medium that causes the least interference should be preferred. The results of samples taken in the first hour after contrast imaging should be interpreted with care.


Contrast media, troponin, Nt-proBNP, interference, cardiac markers, coagulation test.


Department of Cardiology, Harran University, Sanliurfa, Department of Medical Biochemistry, Harran University, Sanliurfa

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