Author(s): Hecht HS, Hopkins JM, Rose JG, Blumfield DE, Wong M
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Abstract Reverse redistribution (RR) i.e., worsening of images from exercise to redistribution, was noted in 21 (7\%) of 300 consecutive thallium-201 (201TI) exercise and redistribution myocardial imaging studies. In 13, there were reversible defects consistent with ischemia in addition to redistribution defects. Twenty RR defects were noted in 15 patients who underwent cardiac catheterization; 9 had triple, 4 had double and 2 had single vessel coronary artery disease. Seventeen (85\%) of the RR defects were in the distribution of severely diseased vessels; 8 with 100\% occlusion and 9 with 90-99\% stenosis. The remainder were associated with 50-60\% stenoses. Ten RR areas (50\%) were supplied by collateral vessels and 3 (15\%) by bypass grafts. Fourteen of the 18 (78\%) areas studied with left ventriculography were associated with abnormally contracting segments. These results suggest that RR is a marker for significant coronary artery disease.
This article was published in Radiology
and referenced in Journal of Cardiovascular Diseases & Diagnosis