1689 – Quantification of NT-proBNP in patients with systemic sclerosis, and in patients with diagnosed pulmonary arterial hypertension

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Application Detail

Description of Medical Service

Measurement of NT-proBNP (also known as N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide, N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide or N-terminal prohormone of brain natriuretic peptide) through a blood test. The blood test is intended to enable the early detection of systemic sclerosis related pulmonary arterial hypertension, and be used as a regular assessment of pulmonary arterial hypertension disease progression.

Description of Medical Condition

Systemic sclerosis (scleroderma) is a multi-organ autoimmune disease characterised by vasculopathy (disease affecting blood vessels) and fibrosis (thickening and scarring of connective tissue). Patients with systemic sclerosis are at an increased risk of pulmonary arterial hypertension. Pulmonary arterial hypertension is characterised by increased pulmonary vascular resistance (resistance against blood flow), and may be idiopathic (arising from an unknown cause), or due to other underlying factors or disease associations such as connective tissue disease.

Reason for Application

New MBS item

Medical Service Type

Investigative technology

Previous Application Number/s

Not Applicable

Associated Documentation

Application Form

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Consultation Survey

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PASC Consultation
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MSAC Consultation
MSAC consultation input must be received by no later than Friday, 10 June 2022 for it to be considered by MSAC at its July 2022 meeting.

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PICO Confirmation

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Assessment Report

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Public Summary Document

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Meetings for this Application

PASC

9-10 December 2021

ESC

9-10 June 2022

MSAC

28-29 July 2022