European Journal of Nuclear Medicine

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 52–53 | Cite as

Failure of gallium-67 citrate imaging to diagnose post-myocardial infarction (Dressler's) syndrome

  • S. J. Hutchison
  • J. H. McKillop
  • I. Hutton
Short Communication


Gallium-67 scanning has been suggested as a means of diagnosing post-pericardiotomy syndrome. We have assessed the value of thoracic gallium scanning in patients with the post-myocardial infarction (Dressler's) syndrome, which is thought to have a similar pathogenesis. In five patients in whom the diagnosis was established by currently available means, 67Ga scans performed during active pericarditis showed no significant uptake in any case. No subject was receiving steroids but all were taking nonsteroid anti-inflammatory drugs at the time of scanning. It is not clear why there should be differences in gallium uptake between the two conditions, but we conclude that 67Ga thoracic scanning is of no value in the management of patients with Dressler's syndrome.

Key words

Dressler's syndrome Gallium imaging 


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© Springer-Verlag 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. J. Hutchison
    • 1
  • J. H. McKillop
    • 2
  • I. Hutton
    • 1
  1. 1.University Department of Medical CardiologyRoyal InfirmaryGlasgowUK
  2. 2.University Department of MedicineRoyal InfirmaryGlasgowUK

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