European Journal of Nuclear Medicine

, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 130–137 | Cite as

Iodine-123-labelled serum amyloid P component scintigraphy in amyloidosis

  • Rachid Saïle
  • Marc Deveaux
  • Eric Hachulla
  • Jacques Descamps
  • Bernard Duquesnoy
  • Xavier Marchandise
Original Article


This study describes the results of scintigraphy with iodine-123-labelled serum amyloid P component (SAP) as a means of establishing the distribution of organ involvement in amyloidosis. The significance of 123I-SAP scans obtained in 15 patients with biopsy-proven AA or AL amyloidosis is discussed. Biopsy-proven amyloidosis was typically confirmed by scintigraphy, though such confirmation was not obtained in the kidneys in six patients with histological proof of extensive renal amyloid deposition. This lack of uptake may have been due to the accumulation of a major part of the 123I-SAP in the spleen and/or liver. Twenty-four hour whole-body retention of 123I-SAP was higher in patients with amyloidosis than in controls. Twenty-four hour tracer accumulation of the radioactivity in the extravascular compartment was notably greater in patients than in controls and appeared to be a good diagnostic criterion. We conclude that 123I-SAP scintigraphy may be helpful for the evaluation of organ involvement not only in patients with biopsy-proven amyloidosis but also when a biopsy cannot be performed or when a strong suspicion of amyloidosis exists in spite of repeated negative biopsises.

Key words

Amyloidosis Serum amyloid P component Scintigraphy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rachid Saïle
    • 1
  • Marc Deveaux
    • 1
  • Eric Hachulla
    • 2
  • Jacques Descamps
    • 3
  • Bernard Duquesnoy
    • 4
  • Xavier Marchandise
    • 1
  1. 1.Service Associé de Médecine Nucléaire, Hôpital Claude HuriezCentre Hospitalier UniversitaireLille CedexFrance
  2. 2.Service de Médecine Interne, Hôpital Claude HuriezCentre Hospitalier UniversitaireLille CedexFrance
  3. 3.Centre Régional de Transfusion SanguineLille CedexFrance
  4. 4.Service de Rhumatologie, Hôpital BCentre Hospitaller UniversitaireLille CedexFrance

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