PET/CT evaluation of 18F-FDG uptake in pericoronary adipose tissue in patients with stable coronary artery disease: Independent predictor of atherosclerotic lesions' formation?



Inflammatory infiltrations in EAT which releases inflammatory cytokines correspond anatomically to the atheromatous plaques in underlying coronary vessels. However, it is unknown whether inflammatory activity of pericoronary adipose tissue (PCAT) promotes coronary atherosclerosis.

Methods and Results

35 non-diabetic patients with confirmed CAD and 35 non-CAD controls matched for age and BMI underwent 18F-FDG-PET/CT. Maximal SUV normalized by LA blood activity was measured on the sections corresponding to the respective coronaries (RCA, LCX, LAD), as well, as in subcutaneous fat, visceral fat, and epicardial fat. Extent of CAD was determined by % stenosis in segments corresponding to 18F-FDG-PET/CT sections in coronarography using quantitative coronary analysis. PCAT SUV was significantly greater than SUV in other fat locations, as well as PCAT SUV in the controls. In CAD patients with BMI >25, PCAT SUV was positively related to % stenosis of a respective coronary artery (RCA: 0.43; P < .05; LCX 0.58; P < .05; LAD 0.65; P < .05). PCAT SUV was the only independent predictor of coronary stenosis of LAD and RCA.


Inflammatory activity of PCAT is greater than in other fat locations, in CAD is greater than in non-CAD controls, and is independently associated with coronary stenosis. In overweight patients, PCAT SUV correlates with the extent of CAD.

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Fludeoxyglucose F 18 uptake measured at positron emission tomography integrated with 64-detector row computed tomography


Epicardial adipose tissue


Pericoronary adipose tissue


Coronary artery disease


Body mass index


Standardized uptake value


Left atrium


Right coronary artery


Left circumflex artery


Left anterior descending artery


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This study was supported by an unrestricted grant from the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education (No. N402 383538).


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Mazurek, T., Kobylecka, M., Zielenkiewicz, M. et al. PET/CT evaluation of 18F-FDG uptake in pericoronary adipose tissue in patients with stable coronary artery disease: Independent predictor of atherosclerotic lesions' formation?. J. Nucl. Cardiol. 24, 1075–1084 (2017).

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  • adipose tissue
  • atherosclerosis
  • stable coronary artery disease