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SYMPOSIUM: CRITICAL POINT OF CARE BIOMARKERS IN EMERGENCY CARE
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 261-265

Role of point of care - ST 2 , Galectin-3 and adrenomedullin in the evaluation and treatment of emergency patients


1 Department of Emergency Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, India
2 Department of Medical Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, India
3 Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA
4 Department of Medicine, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Sarathi Kalra
Post-Doctoral Fellow, The University of Texas, Anderson Cancer Center, 1885 El Paseo Street, Apartment-515, Houston, Texas - 77054
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2229-5151.141482

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There have been many technological advances improving the work up and treatment of patients in the emergency department (ED). Point of care testing (POCT) is becoming more common, especially in the time compressed clinically high-pressured environment of the emergency department. In present times, emphasis of POCT has spurred search of novel biomarkers which promise earlier and more specific detection of disease. This article reviews the role of ST 2 , Galectin-3 and Adrenomedullin in the acute care setting addressing the screening, diagnostic, and prognostic role of each marker for stratification of patients. Use of these markers has shown a strong correlation with early identification and efficient management in the ED.


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