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Assessment of Viable Splenic Tissue in Massive Splenic Infarction with a Tc-99m Heat-Damaged RBC Scan

HICKESON, MARC, M.D.; DERBEKYAN, VILMA, M.D.; LISBONA, ROBERT, M.D.; NOVALES-DIAZ, JAVIER, M.D.

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A 59-year-old man with essential thrombocytosis was examined for abdominal pain. Splenic infarction was diagnosed on a computed tomographic scan. The Tc-99m heat-denatured RBC scan showed viable splenic tissue that was not evident on the computed tomographic scan or Tc-99m sulfur colloid scintigraphy.

From the Nuclear Medicine Department, Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Received for publication November 16, 2000.

Accepted December 20, 2000.

Reprint requests: Dr. Vilma Derbekyan, Nuclear Medicine, Royal Victoria Hospital, 687 Pine Avenue West, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 1A1.

© 2001 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.