suPAR (cut-off levels ⩽4, 4-6, and ⩾6 ng/mL) can predict the need for mechanical ventilation and mortality in patients with COVID-19 symptoms.

Listen to Jesper Eugen-Olsen, PhD, Senior Scientist at Copenhagen University Hospital Hvidovre and CSO at ViroGates, present the results of the study

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suPAR is a biomarker associated with adverse outcomes. This study aimed to investigate the associations between plasma suPAR levels (testing the cut-offs ⩽4, 4-6, and ⩾6 ng/mL) with risk of 14-day mortality, and with the risk of mechanical ventilation in patients that tested positive for SARS-CoV-2.

This observational cohort study of 386 patients presenting symptoms of COVID-19 at the Department of Emergency Medicine, Amager and Hvidovre Hospital, Denmark from March 19th, 2020 to April 3rd, 2020, found suPAR levels predictive of mortality and the need for mechanical ventilation.

Consequently, validation of the findings was carried out in a similar-sized COVID-19 patient cohort from Mikkeli Central Hospital, Finland.


Patients with symptoms of COVID-19 and suPAR ⩽4 or ⩾6 ng/mL had low or high risk, respectively, concerning the need for mechanical ventilation or mortality.

“It is essential to have the help of biomarkers, such as suPAR, which can support the discharge decision”

Juan González del Castillo, Dr PhD, Hospital Clínico San Carlos, Spain
suPAR News Vol. 1, April 2019

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