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J Nucl Med. 1990 Feb;31(2):231-3.

Indium-111-antimyosin images compared with triphenyl tetrazolium chloride staining in a patient six days after myocardial infarction.

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Department of Cardiology, Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow, Middlesex, United Kingdom.


The results of indium-111 (111In) antimyosin imaging during life and the findings on postmortem imaging and triphenyl tetrazolium chloride (TTC) staining of the heart are reported from a patient who received 111In-antimyosin on the sixth day following myocardial infarction and died after imaging the next day. The planar images obtained during life showed abnormal 111In-antimyosin uptake in the posterior, lateral, and apical walls of the left ventricle. Autopsy revealed extensive infarction of the left ventricular lateral and posterior walls with cardiac rupture, which was the cause of sudden death. Direct imaging of the sliced specimen of heart revealed abnormal tracer uptake in the lateral and posterior walls of the left ventricle, which correlated closely with the area of necrosis outlined by TTC staining. Our results confirm the experimental findings that antimyosin antibody binds specifically to the acute irreversibly damaged myocardial cells. A high degree of tracer uptake can be seen even when 111In-antimyosin is injected six days postinfarction.

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