Which lab studies are performed in the evaluation of transfusion-related acute lung injury (TRALI)?

Updated: Jan 02, 2019
  • Author: S Gerald Sandler, MD, FACP, FCAP; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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In transfusion-related acute lung injury (TRALI), [14] plasma levels of brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) may be useful in distinguishing the cardiogenic pulmonary edema present in circulatory overload from the noncardiogenic pulmonary edema present in TRALI. [11] A hemolytic or septic reaction may present with similar symptoms as TRALI and should be excluded. In circulatory overload: Plasma levels of BNP may supplement clinical and radiologic findings.


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