Myocardial salvage by intracoronary thrombolysis in evolving acute myocardial infarction: Evaluation using intracoronary injection of thallium-201

Jamshid Maddahi, William Ganz, Kenji Ninomiya, Jun Hashida, Michael C. Fishbein, Avinash Mondkar, Neil Buchbinder, Harold Marcus, Ivor Geft, Prediman K. Shah, Alan Rozanski, H. J.C. Swan, Daniel S. Berman

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Immediate objective assessment of viabillty of reperfused myocardium following intracoronary (IC) thrombolysis by evaluation of ventricular function may be limited due to delay in restoration of function. Thus we assessed myocardial uptake of thallium-201 (TI-201) following IC injection postreperfusion as an index of myocardial salvage in 12 experimental dogs and in five patients with evolving acute myocardial infarction (AMI). In seven dogs with mean of 313 minutes of experimental coronary occlusion, immediate postreperfusion IC TI-201 images revealed absence of myocardial uptake in prevlously occluded zones. These TI-201 defects correlated with presence of necrosis as demonstrated by histochemical staining with triphenyl-tetrazolium chloride (TTC). In contrast, in five dogs with mean of 37 minutes of coronary occlusion, reperfused myocardium showed normal TI-201 uptake following its IC injection; this normal TI-201 uptake pattern correlated with absence of necrosis by TTC technique in all five dogs. In five patients with evolving AMI, control TI-201 images obtained following IV injection prior to IC thrombolysis showed myocardial perfusion defects corresponding to distribution of the occluded vessel. Following reperfusion, 30 to 50 mCi of TI-201 was injected into the reopened coronary artery. In two patients with mean symptom onset of reperfusion time of 2 1 2 hours, immediate postreperfusion IC TI-201 images demonstrated normal or improved TI-201 uptake in reperfused myocardium. By radionuclide ventriculography, segmental wall motion remained abnormal in the reperfused regions 6 hours postreperfusion and showed improvement by the time of 10-day study. In the remaining three patients with symptom onset to reperfusion time of 5 hours, immediate postreperfusion IC TI-201 images did not show improvement, correlating with persistent wall motion abnormalities 10 days postreperfusion. In all five patients, repeat 10-day IV TI-201 images were unchanged from the immediate postreperfusion IC TI-201 images. We conclude that (1) prereperfusion TI-201 imaging with repeat TI-201 injection into the reopened coronary artery appears to delineate the extent of myocardial salvage in both experimental and clinical studies and (2) this method of IC TI-201 imaging allows immediate assessment of myocardial viabillty which may facilltate decisions regarding the need for additional myocardial revascularization modalities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)664-674
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Heart Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1981
Externally publishedYes


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