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Am J Cardiol. 1980 May;45(5):1013-8.

Radionuclide assessment of right and left ventricular exercise reserve after total correction of tetralogy of Fallot.


First pass radionuclide angiocardiography under conditions of rest and exercise was utilized to evaluate a group of 16 postoperative patients who had undergone total surgical correction of tetralogy of Fallot. Functional data were related to thallium-201 myocardial imaging at rest, a noninvasive means of detecting right ventricular hypertrophy. All 16 patients were asymptomatic and 15 demonstrated normal right ventricular ejection fraction (equal to or greater than 45 percent) at rest. However, 13 patients manifested abnormal right ventricular ejection fraction responses to exercise (normal response is an absolute increment in an ejection fraction of 5 or greater percent). For the entire group, right ventricular ejection fraction at rest was 55 +/- 2 percent, whereas at exercise it was 52 +/- 2 percent (p = not significant). In contrast, left ventricular ejection fraction responses were normal in all patients. Thallium-201 imaging revealed substantial right ventricular uptake consistent with residual right ventricular hypertrophy, which was quantifiable in all patients. Thus, abnormalities in right ventricular performance during exercise may be detected readily by this radionuclide approach in these postoperative patients despite their asymptomatic clinical status and generally normal right ventricular performance at rest.

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